Russia hopes to start COVID-19 vaccine trials soon - health minister

GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has taken measures to prevent 'exponential growth' of the coronavirus epidemic and hopes to start clinical trials of a vaccine within weeks, its health minister said on Monday. 'We are already developing drugs to treat people throughout all stages of the disease and those are already being used

Reuters May 19, 2020 01:11:05 IST
Russia hopes to start COVID-19 vaccine trials soon - health minister

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has taken measures to prevent "exponential growth" of the coronavirus epidemic and hopes to start clinical trials of a vaccine within weeks, its health minister said on Monday.

"We are already developing drugs to treat people throughout all stages of the disease and those are already being used. We are working very hard on developing a vaccine and hope to start clinical trials within a month or so," acting health minister Mikhail Murashko told the World Health Organization (WHO) annual assembly being held online.

Russia, whose 290,678 confirmed infections is the second-highest number of coronavirus cases behind the United States, has been testing vaccine prototypes on animals.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge)

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