Exclusive: Russia Claims It’s on Track to Approve Covid-19 Vaccine by Mid-August. But Speed of Process Raises Questions

July 30, 2020

(CNN) – Russia intends to be the first in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine, in less than two weeks — despite concerns about its safety, effectiveness and over whether the country has cut essential corners in development, CNN has learned. Russian officials told CNN they are working toward a date of August 10 or earlier for approval of the vaccine, which has been created by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute. It will be approved for public use, with frontline healthcare workers getting it first, they said.