Russia Will Start Mass Vaccination Against COVID-19 in a Month, Gamaleya Centre Chief Tells Sputnik

On 11 August, Russia registered the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19. The vaccine was produced by the Gamaleya Research Institute and was approved after several rounds of trials on volunteers.

Mass vaccination against coronavirus in Russia will start in approximately a month’s time, after enough vaccine samples are produced, the director of Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Alexander Ginzburg, told Sputnik. 

Earlier Ginzburg revealed that the Russian anti-COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, will undergo post-registration studies, that will take place over the courses of 7-to-10-days. Tens of thousands of people will participate in this research. 

“Mass vaccination will be with some delay, only due to the fact that the main part of the produced vaccine will subject to post-registration studies. After that, the rest of the products will be for civilian sales. There will be a delay of 2-3 weeks, maybe a month,” the head of the institute explained.

According to the scientist, post-registration studies of the vaccine could take up to six months.


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