FAST FIVE: Russia Plans For First Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations In October Amid Global Skepticism

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Russia Plans For First Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations In October Amid Global Skepticism Tyler Durden Sun, 08/02/2020 – 09:55 Russia's health ministry has announced that it expects to begin mass anti-coronavirus vaccinations by October, with the first rounds to be administered to front line medical workers as well as teachers.

AFP via Getty Images Since the crisis began impacting countries outside of China at the start of this year, the international race has been on to produce a vaccine, which most officials have estimated would likely take 18 months, but it appears Russia – currently the fourth most infected country in the world with 843,900 cases – is pushing to the be first out with a vaccine for its population.

Reuters reports local regulatory approval could be fast-tracked and be completed as early by sometime mid-August.  “Now, the package of documents for the procedure of registration [of the vaccine] is being prepared,” Murashko said Saturday in his statement.

Its earliest rounds of testing was done on soldiers, Russian officials have said.

At one point it had the second highest infection rate in the world, which strained hospitals and the health system to breaking point.

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