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Bulk deliveries of Covid vaccine by year-end: Russia

MOSCOW, Russia, September 9, 2020

Bulk deliveries of a vaccine against the coronavirus Covid-19 infection to the regions are scheduled to begin in November - December, Russian Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko was quoted as saying in a media report.

Earlier the Healthcare Ministry reported that the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine was released for civilian circulation.

"The vaccine against the coronavirus infection in mass format will begin to arrive as early as November - December," the minister was quoted by Russian news agency Tass.

The minister noted that now it is also important to begin inoculation against the flu and that the Arkhangelsk Region has already received batches of this vaccine.

Earlier the minister explained that the term "civilian circulation" means inoculation of people from risk groups, such as teachers and healthcare workers, which will be conducted simultaneously with post-registration clinical trials.

On August 11, Russia became the first worldwide to register the vaccine against the coronavirus which was named Sputnik V. The preparation was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center and passed clinical trials in June - July.

On August 15, the Healthcare Ministry announced the production launch of the preparation. On September 8, the first batch of the vaccine was released for civilian circulation.




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