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Russian health ministry plans mass vaccination against coronavirus for October

Volunteers taking part in trials of a coronavirus vaccine have developed antibodies. Photo: Defense Ministry press service/TASS. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Aug 1, 2020, TASS. Russia’s Health Ministry plans a mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus for October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters on Saturday, TASS reported.

“We plan wider [vaccination] for October because we need to launch a new system of treatment gradually,” he said in response to a TASS question.

Murashko pointed out earlier that clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology were over.

The vaccination against the novel coronavirus to be free of charge, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters on Saturday.

“We plan that the coronavirus vaccination campaign will be totally covered from the budget. Accordingly, the vaccination scheme is known to all. It will be planned,” he said.

To date, 845,443 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 646,524 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 14,058 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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