Russia hopes to begin mass anti-coronavirus vaccinations, across the country, by October, the country’s health minister has said. Mikhail Murashko added that medical workers and educators will receive first priority.

Murashko announced on Saturday that clinical trials of a vaccine developed from the Moscow-based Gamalei Institute have been completed and that the health ministry is planning to begin a public vaccination plan in October. Medical personnel and educators are the first to receive immunization, he explained. “Now, the bundle of files for the procedure of registration [of this vaccine] has been ready,” Murashko added.

The Minister also said another medication, developed by Vector, a Novosibirsk-based infectious diseases laboratory, is undergoing clinical trials. The health ministry can be expecting two vaccines to be ready soon for start tests on volunteers.

Russia expects to become the world’s country to have a Covid-19 vaccine approved. Normally vaccines require years to develop and correctly test — however, given the conditions of the outbreak, many countries and pharmaceutical companies have maintained that a safe product could be drawn up in 18 months or less.

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