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When will most Russian citizens get vaccine against COVID?

15:07, 22 September 2020 77
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Head of Russia’s Gamaleya Federal Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Ginzburg has revealed when most of the country’s population will be vaccinated against coronavirus infection, RIA Novosti reports.


The head of the center, whose specialists have developed the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus Sputnik V, said that the main task is to scale up the production of the drug. The enterprise, which is located on the territory of the Gamaleya Institute, works in three shifts but cannot provide the volumes that are necessary to vaccinate most of the Russian citizens.

Ginzburg noted that at this time, the technology transfer is going on at least 3-4 production sites, to reach the production of 5-6 million doses of vaccine by November 2020.

This will allow vaccinating the Russian population within 9-12 months and reach a vaccination level of about 70-80 percent. This will enable stopping the circulation of this pathogen at the population level, the expert said.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune and Biological Products at the Russian Academy of Sciences received the Russian health ministry’s permit for clinical tests of its anti-coronavirus vaccine.