In September 2020, three Russian companies are to begin industrial production of the first COVID-19 vaccine in Russia, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview with TASS.
The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.
“The Gamaleya Institute is working on serial production with three enterprises with facilities in the Vladimir, Yaroslavl and Moscow regions, those are Generium, R-Pharm and Binnopharm. <…> We very much hope that serial production will start as early as in September,” he said.
Several thousands of vaccine doses per month are planned to be produced at the initial stage this year, whereas by the beginning of next year the companies will increase output to several millions, the minister added.
On July 31st, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said that the vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Russian scientists, has created immunity in 100% of volunteers who took part in its trials.
“I can tell you, from first and second phase we have hundred percent of people developing immunity after day 21. It doubles after the second shot. Hundred percent of animals were also protected [against the novel coronavirus],” Dmitriev said.
When asked when Russia would publish its findings, the RDIF head replied that all information would be released in August.
“We selected the safest approach, it has been extensively tested not only now, but also in Ebola vaccine we got approved, in MERS vaccine that was approved,” he went on. “We chose the safest possible delivery mechanism.”
According to Dmitriev, more than 20 nations have demonstrated interest in buying Russia-developed anti-coronavirus vaccine.
“More than 20 countries approached us on our vaccine,” he said, adding that five nations were planning to take part in the production of the Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine.
Prior to the announcements by Manturov and Dmitriev, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova also said that industrial production was planned for September 2020. Apart from that, in her words, the first batch of another vaccine, developed by the Russian sanitary watchdog’s Vektor Research Center, would be manufactured in October 2020.
Of course, MSM reports that the vaccine was stolen from the UK and/or the US and others are sure to follow, as there already were claims that Russian hackers attempted to steal the vaccine information from Great Britain.
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