Russia's third COVID-19 vaccine to enter circulation in February

Russia's third COVID-19 vaccine to enter circulation in February

A third Russian vaccine against the coronavirus should enter civilian circulation within a month, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a session of the presidium of the state coordination council to control the coronavirus incidence in the Russian Federation on Tuesday.

"The Healthcare Ministry received paperwork for registration of yet another vaccine by the Chumakov Center, this is already a third product by our scientists," he noted. "Within a month, it will also enter civilian circulation. This will allow expanding inoculation, making it more accessible, which means protecting even more people against the coronavirus," TASS cited him as saying.

The prime minister reiterated that currently the Sputnik V preparation is predominantly used in the mass inoculation. "Next month, we will move on to a large-scale production of the EpiVacCorona vaccine. It has already begun to enter civilian circulation. The government allocated over 2 bln rubles [over $26 mln] for its production," he added.

The prime minister emphasized that the inoculation has just begun and time should elapse before herd immunity is developed. "That is why it is necessary to continue to observe precautionary measures in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from the infection," Mishustin reiterated.

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