Did Russia’s Elite Get Access To Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine In April? 

Moscow: Russia seems to be racing ahead in developing an experimental vaccine against COVID-19. Hindustan Times (HT) quoted people familiar with the effort as saying that scores of members of Russia’s business and political elite have already been given early access to the vaccine.

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Among those who have already got shots (in April) developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow are top executives at companies including aluminum giant United Co. The people declined to be identified as the information isn’t public, HT reported.

The military-backed Gamaleya vaccine is financed by the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund. The phase 1 trial involved Russian military personnel. The study involved about 40 people but the institute has not published the results. Nevertheless, it has begun the next stage of trials with a larger group, HT reported.

However, there was no official statement on the same either from Gamelya or from the government.

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