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Russia To Mass-Produce Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine – Wealth Fund Head

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In efforts to find a cure and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, a pandemic that has killed nearly 600,000 globally, Russia plans to produce 30 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine domestically this year, with the potential to manufacture a further 170 million abroad.

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) head Kirill Dmitriev told Reuters news agency that a larger Phase III trial involving several thousand people is expected to begin in August, he said “We believe that based on the current results it will be approved in Russia in August and in some other countries in September…, making it possibly the first vaccine to be approved in the world.

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The first human trial of the vaccine, a month-long test on 38 persons, ended this week. Researchers concluded that it is safe for use and induces an immune response, though the strength of that response is as yet unclear.

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Globally, more than 100 possible vaccines are being developed and tested to try to stop the pandemic.

According to World Health Organization data at least two are in final Phase III human trials, one being developed in China and the other in Britain.

Dmitriev said, the Russian Phase III trial will be conducted in Russia and two Middle Eastern countries, and will begin after a smaller, 100-person Phase II trial wraps up on August 3.

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University more than 13.5 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than 7.5 million have recovered and 584,794 have died.

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India Surpasses 5 Million Coronavirus Cases

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India Surpasses 5 Million Coronavirus Cases, 82,066 Deaths

India has set a record for the world’s highest single-day increase in Coronavirus cases. The country reported more than seventy-eight thousand cases in one day.

India is the world’s second most infected country behind United States with a total of 5,020,359 COVID-19 cases, while the US is leading with more than 6.6 million infections.

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The rise comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs when the virus hit in March.

Despite the increase, the government is pressing ahead with easing restrictions.

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Chairman of the Medanta division of peripheral vascular and endovascular sciences, Dr Rajiv Parekh says doctors are concerned about under-reporting and limited testing.

COVID-19 deaths in India is now more than 82,000, the third highest in the world behind the US and Brazil.

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 29.6 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 936,377 have died,  while nearly 20.1 million persons have recovered from the disease so far.

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UAE Announces Emergency Approval For Use Of Coronavirus Vaccine

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UAE Announces Emergency Approval For Use Of Coronavirus Vaccine

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted emergency approval for the use of a Coronavirus vaccine, six weeks after human trials in the gulf state started.

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The third phase of the trial of a COVID-19 inactivated vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company began in the UAE in July and is yet to be completed.

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The country’s national emergency crisis and disaster management says the vaccine will be available to its front line health workers who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus.

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