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Russia To Reportedly Register World's First COVID-19 Vaccine On August 12

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Shreya Chauhan
Shreya ChauhanUpdated on Aug 08, 2020, 13:43 IST

While other countries are still in the later stages of developing a vaccine for coronavirus, in Russia a potential COVID-19 vaccine has finished clinical trials claim reports.

Following this, the country is set to register its first vaccine against coronavirus on August 12, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said on Friday.?

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Earlier the Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine.?

"At the moment, the last, third, stage is underway. The trials are extremely important. We have to understand that the vaccine must be safe. Medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vaccinated," Sputnik News quoted Gridnev telling reporters at the opening of a cancer centre building in the city of Ufa.?

Russian Defence Ministry said that the final check-up of volunteers testing the coronavirus vaccine showed immunity in all participants.?

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Clinical trials of said vaccine started on June 18 and had 38 volunteers. All of the participants reportedly developed immunity. The volunteers in the second COVID-19 vaccine trail are in good health and no side effects of the vaccination are observed, the press service of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing told TASS, a Russian news agency.?

The World Health Organization urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines. This came after Moscow announced plans to start producing COVID-19 vaccines.

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"There are established practices and there are guidelines out," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said at the United Nations in Geneva.

The effectiveness of the vaccine will be established when the population immunity has formed.?

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Disclaimer: The information mentioned in the article is based on facts available in public domain. Indiatimes does not endorse any medication or vaccine for COVID-19. Any course of treatment should only be followed after consulting a medical expert.

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