Russia plans coronavirus vaccination program from October

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The speed at which Russia plans to roll out its first potential vaccine has sparked concerns over whether Moscow prioritizes national prestige over health and safety. Russia hopes the vaccine will be launched by October. Russian health authorities are preparing a mass vaccination campaign to fight the coronavirus for October, local news agencies reported on Saturday. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko announced that the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of an adenovirus-based vaccine.  Murashko said that paperwork was already underway to register the drug, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. “We plan wider vaccinations for October,” Murashko said, adding that doctors and teachers would be the first to be treated.