According to Murašek, the state research facility in Moscow has completed clinical trials of the vaccine and is working on its registration. “We are planning a wider vaccination in October,” he said, adding that priority would be given to at-risk groups.
According to a Reuters source, the first Russian vaccine should be approved for use during August. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that soldiers served as volunteers for human testing. Alexander Ginsburg, project manager, told CNN he had already received the vaccine.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said last week that 17 Russian research institutes are working on the development of the vaccine. According to him, out of 26 types of vaccines, safety was proven in four of them.
Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s state investment fund RDIF, which is funding vaccine-related research, likened the start of vaccination to the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957. “Americans were surprised to hear Sputnik’s beeps – and now the situation is exactly the same. Russia will be the first, “he said.
However, some experts have expressed concern that Russia is developing the vaccine too quickly for its national prestige without making sure it is safe. U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said at a congressional hearing on Friday that he said: “He hopes the Chinese and Russians are actually testing the vaccine before giving it to anyone.”