Russia seeks to register coronavirus vaccine in mid-August
Russia’s first potential coronavirus vaccine will win local regulatory approval in the first half of August and be administered to frontline health workers soon afterwards, a development source close to the matter said.
"REGULATORY APPROVAL WILL BE BEFORE AUGUST 15"
A state research facility in Moscow - the Gamaleya Institute - completed early human trials of the adenovirus-based vaccine this month and expects to begin large-scale trials in August.
The vaccine will win regulatory approval from authorities in Russia while that large-scale trial continues, the source said, highlighting Moscow’s determination to be the first country in the world to approve a vaccine.
“Regulatory approval will be in the first two weeks of August,” the development source said. “August 10 is the expected date, but it will definitely be before August 15. All (trial) results so far are highly positive.”
The source added that Russian health workers treating coronavirus patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated soon after the vaccine receives the regulatory approval.