COVID-19: Russia plans to begin mass vaccinations in October

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Russia is gearing up to begin mass vaccination campaign against coronavirus from October, the country’s health minister said.

Speaking to reporters, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that the vaccination will be free of charge, and doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated, local media reported.

According to Murashko, people will be immunized with the first Russian vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Centre, which is currently in the process of getting state registration.

However, clinical trials of the vaccine will continue along with its production and use in order to improve it as more details emerge, the minister was quoted as saying.

However, some experts are concerned about Russia’s fast-track approach.

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Scores of possible coronavirus vaccines are being developed around the world and more than 20 are currently in clinical trials.

Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said in late July that he was hopeful that Russia would produce a reliable vaccine against COVID-19 by the fall.

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