Over 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow and over 700 people have been injected with the vaccine, the media reported.
The Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V was developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology along with the Russian Direct Investment Fund and registered on August 11.
“Over 60,000 people have signed up as volunteers, several thousand people have passed the required medical tests to be registered as potential candidates for carrying out the tests,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin was quoted as saying in reports on Sunday.
According to Russian Tass news agency, more than 700 people have been injected with the coronavirus vaccine.
“All of them are feeling good,” Sobyanin said.
It may be mentioned here that the vaccine was developed on a platform that had been used for a number of other vaccines.
The Russian Health Ministry announced the launch of the vaccine production on August 15.
It may be mentioned here that a study published in The Lancet earlier this month it was stated that the Russian COVID-19 vaccine did not show any serious side effects and elicited an immune response in early human trials.