MOSCOW.- In the dramatic international competition to obtain a vaccine in record time, Russia announced that it will begin to massly vaccinate people against coronavirus from October, free of charge, after having passed all the experimentation phases.
The surprising announcement was made by Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, who noted that the first beneficiaries will be doctors and teachers. Russia is the fourth country with the most cases in the world.
"The vaccine against the new coronavirus developed by the Gamalei center has completed clinical trials and documents are now being prepared for registration," said Murashko,
After the doctors and teachers, the new vaccine will be sent from next August 10 to the various Russian regions. "We plan that the broader vaccination campaign, which will gradually be added to the new care system, begin in October," said the official.
"Our plan is that the cost of the vaccine is covered by the national budget," he added.
According to the minister, clinical trials of the vaccine prepared by the National Research Center Gamaleya have already concluded., belonging to the Ministry of Health, and its state registry is being processed.
A second Russian vaccine, developed by the Vector center, is currently in the process of clinical testing, Murashko said, affirming that the Ministry of Health expects "in the next month and a half or two months" to receive two other requests for permission to conducting clinical trials of new vaccines.
Last Wednesday, another Russian authority said that the vaccine would be approved on August 10, "or even earlier," despite the fact that it was still in the second phase of development. He stressed that this would anticipate the United States.
"The Americans were surprised when they heard the beeps from the Sputnik satellite (1957) and it is the same with this vaccine: Russia will have come first," Kirill Dmitriev, director of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, told CNN television.
The United States develops its own vaccine with the Moderna laboratory, which began clinical trials of the third phase last Monday, in which some 30,000 volunteers participate, and is expected to be ready by the end of the year.
Days ago, the United States and other Western governments accused Russia of hacking investigations into the vaccine from their laboratories.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Russia has counted more than 845,000 coronavirus cases and more than 14,000 deaths.
Epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, White House adviser on coronavirus, stated on Friday that he hopes China and Russia "They are actually testing" the vaccines they develop "before giving them to someone," questioning the efficacy and safety of the new products because of the speed with which they were developed.
"Claims that they have a vaccine ready to distribute before testing are, to say the least, problematic," he added.
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