Russian covid 19 vaccine by September?

Centre allows on-site vaccination for 18-44 age group

With several countries in the race for developing vaccine against coronavirus, Russia has claimed to have marched much ahead than others, claiming that the vaccine would be produced from next month and immunisation will begin by October.

Russia has become the first country to complete clinical trials of the vaccine against Covid 19 on humans. Reports said that the results had proved that the medications were effective. Elena Smolyarchuk, who heads the Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University, was quoted by Russian news agency TASS that the human trials have been completed.  Smolyarchuk said that the vaccine has proved effective and the volunteers would be discharged on July 15 and July 20.

Meanwhile, Russian Industry minister Denis Manturov was reported to have told the Russian Agency that they are thinking of mass production of the vaccine in September.  The Minister said that they would be able to ensure the production of several hundred thousands of the vaccine a month and an eventual increase to several millions by the start of 2021.

The Russian officials claimed that if this happens, then they would be the first country to have a registered vaccine for Covid 19. However, there were no reports if the three stages of clinical trials were over. Most of the countries and research organisations are on the run for developing the vaccine because of the urgency. And Russian vaccine had raised concern over the speed at which the vaccine is being pushed.

More than 140 candidate vaccines are being tracked by the World Health Organization. AstraZeneca and Oxford University, CanSino and Sinovac in China and the US biotech company Moderna are some of them who are in the race of developing the vaccine.

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