Russian Health Minister To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

In this April 10, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member holds up a sample of a potential COVID-19 vaccine at a production plant of SinoPharm in Beijing. CREDIT: Associated Press (AP)

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko on Wednesday announced his plans to get inoculated with the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 later in the month.

“As soon as the vaccine is released … in August,” Murashko told reporters when asked whether he will be vaccinated.

On Tuesday, Russia announced registering the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, set to be produced industrially.

President Vladimir Putin has endorsed the vaccine, saying it has passed all necessary checks.

The Russian vaccine was developed jointly by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry.

It has two separately injected components that together are expected to build sustainable immunity against the virus.

The vaccine has so far been tested on 76 volunteers separately at two institutions — the Moscow-based Sechenov University and the
Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital.

Russian officials estimated the production capacity at 500 million doses in the next 12 months, including at facilities abroad.

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