Russian elite received experimental vaccine against COVID-19 in April – Bloomberg

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About it writes Bloomberg, citing a researcher familiar with this program.

The publication notes that the Gamaleya vaccine was received by top managers of large Russian corporations, in particular the aluminum giant Rusal, as well as oligarchs and officials. Only a few hundred people, of which Bloomberg was able to confirm several dozen.

Who exactly got access, the Russian authorities and program participants do not advertise.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, answering a question from journalists on July 20 about whether Vladimir Putin took the vaccine, said: “It would probably be wrong to use an unverified vaccine for the head of state.”

It is noted that the development of the vaccine is funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and supported by the Ministry of Defense.

Patients are usually vaccinated in a Moscow clinic, which reports to the institute. In order for the body to develop immunity, you need to be vaccinated twice.

According to one of the top managers who vaccinated, he did not feel any side effects. Despite the risk, he agreed to the experiment in order to be able to hold meetings in the usual mode, as before the pandemic. Other test participants told Bloomberg about fever and muscle pain after the vaccine.

The publication notes that these vaccinations are “safe” because they are based on proven vaccinations against other diseases, but their effectiveness has yet to be determined. Bloomberg also writes that the Gamaleya Research Center program on the road to a vaccine is moving faster than its counterparts in the West.

The publication quotes the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, who says that the third stage of testing will begin on August 3 and will reach thousands of people not only in Russia, but also in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The fund expects that the vaccine will be available to all Russians in September. In the West, the last – the third stage of testing – usually lasts several months to better understand the effects of the vaccine and its effectiveness, the newspaper notes.

As a reminder, on July 16, the UK, the US and Canada announced that hackers, backed by Russian intelligence services, are trying to steal data on vaccine and treatment studies for COVID-19 from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world.



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