Russia to begin clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine in June

Russia to begin clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine in June

The Vector State Center for Virology and Biotechnology (Vector Institute) plans to begin clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine in late June this year, the Center’s CEO Rinat Maksyutov said, adding that the Institute picked three promising vaccine prototypes for further research.

"In accordance with the approved program, the clinical trials will start on June 29, 2020, after we obtain the results on the specific activity and safety of the vaccine from animal [testing] and obtain the permission of the Ministry of Health. So far, we are on our schedule," TASS cited him as saying.

The Vector CEO said that 25 vaccine variants were tested on animals, adding that three promising prototypes were chosen both as the most effective and most suitable for mass production.

In April, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Maksyutov announced that the Vector Institute was ready to begin the first stage of clinical trials in May already, with the permission of the Ministry of Health. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said at the time that it was possible.

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