Russia claims it will launch world’s first vaccine by middle of August

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Even as there is lesser clarity and more hype around the Russian claim of a corona vaccine, Russian scientists have further claimed of launching the vaccine by mid August.

Russia’s Sechenov University had earlier claimed that it had successfully completed clinical trials of a corona vaccine developed by the state-run Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

The head and chief researcher at Sechenov University Center for Clinical Research on Medications Elena Smolyarchuk told Russian news agency TASS that clinical trials of the vaccine on volunteers have been completed and study data showed the candidate’s effectiveness.

“The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe,” Smolyarchuk was quoted as saying by TASS of its trial.

The Gamalei center’s director Alexander Gintsburg told TASS that he hopes the vaccine will ‘enter civil circulation’ on August 12-14, adding that private companies may begin mass production by September, The Moscow Times reported.

However, World Health Organisation is yet to comment on the development. As per the WHO list, the Russian vaccine is under the phase 1 trials.

In a July 3 press release, the university stated that the Russian Health Ministry will take a decision on the effectiveness of the substance based on the results of biochemical tests.

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