Latest coronavirus vaccine update: Russia plans mass COVID-19 vaccination for October

Amid rise in coronavirus cases and deaths Russia is planning a mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 for October.

According to a report by Reuters, Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it. He said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.

"We plan wider (vaccination) for October because we need to launch a new system of treatment gradually," the Minister said. Murashko pointed out earlier that clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology were over. The vaccination will be free of charge, the Minister added.

Meanwhile, 845,443 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 646,524 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia's latest data indicates 14,058 fatalities nationwide.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 17.5 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 683,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,791,377 and the fatalities rose to 683,988, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US accounted for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,620,182 and 154,360, respectively, according to the CSSE.

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