Moscow prepares for mass vaccination drive against COVID-19 in October
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – Local media reported on Saturday that the Russian health minister is preparing for a mass vaccination drive against coronavirus for October. This comes after a vaccine completed clinical trials.
According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the shot and paperwork is being done to register it, the Interfax news agency reported.
The health minister said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.
“We plan wider vaccinations for October,” Murashko was quoted as saying.
The institute has been working on an adenovirus-based vaccine.
However, the pace at which Russia is planning to roll out the vaccine has made some Western media sceptical. They question whether Kremlin is putting national prestige before safety and science.
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