Russian Putin asks healthcare minister to expedite coronavirus vaccine registration

Clinical trial of Russia’s anti-coronavirus vaccine to begin on June 1

President Russian Vladimir Putin on Monday asked Minister of Healthcare Mikhail Murashko to consider acceleration of coronavirus vaccine registration procedure and import of drug manufacturing equipment

Putin said this at the meeting on the sanitary-epidemiological situation where the minister was requested to systematize all the proposals made at the meeting by Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya National Epidemiology and Microbiology Research Center.

"This also pertains to the speedup of permitting procedures, through Roszdrav [Russian healthcare surveillance service — TASS] and to all other administrative [procedures], including the customs ones, when importing required equipment," Putin noted.

The president added that his assignment also covers the need for allocating extra funds and resources to start producing the vaccine. Authorities will provide all the required support, Putin said. "We will endeavor to expedite all the required administrative procedures and if required, and as I understand, such a need exists — to increase extra resources," he added.

At the meeting, Alexander Gintsburg  who is the Director of the Gamaleya National Epidemiology and Microbiology Research Center told the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the clinical trial of the Russian Health Ministry’s vaccine against the COVID19 is set for June 1,  

"As for those figures that we will hear now, I ask you to consider them as preliminary rather than final figures. It’s clear that they can change.  

 By May 31, a whole range of preclinical studies will be completed and clinical trials will be launched on June 1," he said.

Gintsburg thanked Putin for the possibility to carry out both clinical and preclinical trials simultaneously since this significantly steps up the work. Under a favourable scenario, the vaccine could be registered by June 15.

As of now, a facility certified by GNP and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, part of the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, will be able to produce nearly 60,000 doses of this medicine, he noted.

To date, a total of 47,121 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 3,446 patients having recovered from the virus. 

Russia’s latest data indicates 405 fatalities nationwide. 

Vaccination of medics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the idea to vaccinate medics against the coronavirus infection in the first place as soon as a vaccine is developed.
The idea was voiced by Elena Tsyganova, a specialist for infectious diseases at Moscow’s Healthcare Department, at a meeting on the epidemic situation in the country.
"I think it goes without saying. First of all, it is necessary to protect medical personnel because these people are on the frontline," Putin said.

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