Putin’s Russia on the way to create history?

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NEW DELHI | AUG 10, 2020:

Russia plans to register the world's first COVID vaccine against COVID-19 on August 12, according to reports. The Gamaleya Research Institute along with the Russian Defence Ministry had jointly developed the vaccine.

Confirming the development, Russia's Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev on Saturday said that the vaccine has been developed by the Gamaleya centre and will be registered on August 12. At the moment, the last stage is underway.

Clinical trial data and other documents of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine are currently under expert review. The decision on registration will be made based on its results, according to the Russian health ministry.

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The clinical trials of the vaccine began on June 18 and included 38 volunteers. All of the participants developed an immunity. The first group was discharged on July 15, and the second on July 20.

Medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vacci­nated," Gridnev had said. The country plans to begin mass production of the vaccine from October 2020.

Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease specialist, however, has ques­tioned the fast-track approach. "I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are testing a vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone," he said.