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Covid-19 vaccine ready for use: Russian military

Moscow: Even before completing key trials, The Russian military has claimed that it is ready with its experimental coronavirus vaccine, The Moscow Times reported.

Last week, the Russian Defence Ministry claimed that it has developed a “safe” adenoviral vector-based vaccine, following clinical trials on a group of volunteers.

According to the new report, First Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Tsalikov told the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper that military experts and scientists at the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology have made “final assessments”.

“At the time of discharge, all volunteers without exception received immunity from the coronavirus. Thus, the first domestic vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection is ready,” Tsalikov was quoted as saying.

However, Russia’s Health Ministry disputed the Deputy Defense Minister’s claim, saying the vaccine’s trials have not yet ended and the ministry plans to “work on the candidate vaccine’s state registration process after Phase II of the trials”.

The ministry hopes to produce 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccine with foreign partners by the end of this year.

Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry had claimed that 18 people had participated in the research and were discharged without “serious adverse events, health complaints, complications or side effects”.

Meanwhile, the US, British and Canadian security services have alleged that a hacking group, believed to be operating as part of Russian intelligence services, was targeting organizations involved in Covid-19 vaccine development. These claims were later rejected by Russia’s ambassador to Britain, Andrei Kelin.

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