Mass vaccination against coronavirus in Russia may start in autumn, expert says

Mass vaccination against coronavirus in Russia may start in autumn, expert says
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  • calendar-gray 25 May 2020

Mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus in Russia may start already in autumn but this process may take as long as nine months, Director of Russia’s Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Gintsburg said on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.

"We hope that mass vaccination will start in early autumn. But, naturally, the entire population won’t be able to get this vaccine instantly and we expect the vaccination campaign and its scale-up to take half a year, seven to nine months in the best-case scenario," the expert said in a live broadcast of the program "Living Healthy" on TV Channel One.

The head of the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology earlier said that the clinical trials of the vaccine against the coronavirus developed by the Institute’s specialists might begin in early June. According to him, medical workers directly dealing with the coronavirus infection and also organized work groups will be the first to be vaccinated.

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