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Russia Expected to Register New Coronavirus Vaccine CoviVac on February 20, Officials Say

© Russian Direct Investment FundA handout photo shows an employee demonstrating a vial with "Gam-COVID-Vac" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), during its production at Binnopharm pharmaceutical company in Zelenograd near Moscow, Russia August 7, 2020
A handout photo shows an employee demonstrating a vial with Gam-COVID-Vac vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), during its production at Binnopharm pharmaceutical company in Zelenograd near Moscow, Russia August 7, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The CoviVac vaccine, which was developed by Chumakov research center, is expected to be registered on February 20, the official Russian website with COVID-19 data and advice said Thursday.

"The registration of the vaccine is expected on February 20, 2021," the website said.

Phase 2 research is expected to finish at the beginning of 2021.

"After that, a mass trial of the drug with 3,000 volunteers is planned," the website said.

Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said earlier this month that the vaccine developed by the Chumakov research institute is the most classic drug as it contains an inactive virus of atypical COVID-19 pneumonia and this vaccine "works on the same principles as vaccines have been working for 200 years".

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