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Russia Plans Mass Vaccination Against Coronavirus in October

Russian health authorities are preparing to begin a mass vaccination programme to fight against coronavirus in October.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said doctors and teachers would first receive the vaccine, Reuters reports.

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The vaccination will be provided free of cost, the minister added.

Russia and China were “actually testing the vaccine” before administering them to anyone, BBC reports quoting Dr Anthony Fauci, an expert in US.

More than 20 possible coronavirus vaccines are in clinical trials at present. Meanwhile, many countries are trying to develop Covid-19 vaccine.

Interfax news agency reports that Gamaleya Institute, a research facility in Moscow, completed clinical trials of a vaccine.

The first-phase trials of the vaccine developed by Gamaleya Institute were a success, Russian scientists said.

Recently, trials of a vaccine developed by Oxford University in the UK showed that it can trigger an immune response.

The UK government has signed a deal with AstraZeneca to supply 100 million doses in Britain alone.

On Saturday, Russia reported 95 additional deaths from Covid-19, pushing the death toll in the country to 14,058. A total of 5,462 new infections has been reported. With this, the total infections stood 845,443.

The Russian government set up an Internet hotline for the people so that they could be updated on the coronavirus situation.

 

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