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Russia to make several million doses of coronavirus vaccines per month says minister

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 3, 2020
Russia will manufacture several million doses of coronavirus vaccines per month by the beginning of next year, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said.
Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov
Doses   Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov
According to the minister, overall production will depend, first and foremost, on the needs of the healthcare system. Serial production of the first domestic vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology is expected to begin in September.

Topics: Russia vaccine

"At the same time, according to preliminary estimates, due to the launch of contract platforms this year we will be able to ensure the production of several hundred thousand doses of vaccine per month with a subsequent increase to several million by the beginning of next year. We will do our best to make sure that these plans are implemented," he said.

According to the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, 26 coronavirus vaccine options are being developed at 17 research institutions in Russia. One vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology has already been tested on volunteers. The Vector research center of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing is developing a vaccine on six different technological platforms. The first of them is expected to be launched in September, and the second one in October 2020.

The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide exceeded 18 million on Monday, said Johns Hopkins University, which compiles its own statistics based on data from international organizations, federal and local authorities.

According to the university, the overall number of cases currently stands at 18,017,556, including 687,930 deaths. A total of 10,642,251 patients have recovered by now.

The United States accounts for the majority of cases (4,665,932), followed by Brazil (2,733,677) and India (1,750,723).

To date, 850,870 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 650,173 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 14,128 fatalities nationwide.


 

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