"I hope that at the end of this year we will proceed to the first phase of the clinical trials, I mean it will be tested on people. We will certainly check safety first. The drug will be administered in hospitals, to patients who were admitted with this infection," Gintsburg said.
2 April 2021, 06:12 GMT
The director of the Gamaleya institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, clarified that the drug would help in cases that currently result in patients' death, which means the death rate should decrease sharply.
"By the middle of 2022, we will have completed the second and the third stages of the clinical trials," Gintsburg went on to say.
Developers will try to make the drug affordable, Gintsburg pledged.