Russia could start mass covid-19 vaccination in early autumn

The process could take up to nine months, according to the director of the Russian National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Research, Alexaner  Gíntsburg..

Medical specialists with protective equipment at the N.I. Pirogov Clinical Hospital in Moscow, Russia, may 23, 2020.Kiril  Zykov/Moscow News Agency / Reuters

Mass coronavirus vaccination could begin in Russia in early fall, according to Alexander  Gíntsburg,director of the Russian National Center for Research in Epidemiology and Microbiology at N.F. Gamaleya..

“We hope that mass vaccination [against covid-19] will begin in early autumn,” the TASS agency says.

The specialist stressed that “the entire population will not be able to receive this vaccine at once,” so the vaccination process could run for up to seven or nine months. “At best it will take six months,” said Gothsburg..

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According to the Russian doctor, all the experts who participated in the creation of this vaccine have voluntarily tested it on themselves, “finding their safety”. “Not only do we have the antibodies, but we check for the presence of protective antibodies that neutralize the virus,” Gíntsburgsaid.

This Monday Russia has recorded 8,946 new cases of covid-19 infection in 83 of its regions, as well as another 92 deaths. Thus, the positive cases detected in Russia’s 85 administrative subjects since the outbreak began amount to 353,427.

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