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US citizens to get COVID19 vaccine free

WASHINGTON: Officials of US  govt, that has invested $10 billion in six COVID-19 vaccine projects, have proclaimed that they were on track to deliver doses free of charge to the citoyens by Jan 2021.

Meanwhile, NIH director, stated that he was cautiously optimistic that at least one of the six vaccines would come through by Dec. 2020.

United States’ top infectious disease official Anthony Fauci while commenting on the registration of an anti-COVID-19 vaccine named Sputnik stated: “I hope that the Russians have actually definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective, but I seriously doubt that they’ve done that.”

According to details world’s first anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik is all set to hit the shelves for commercial marketing.

Sputnik was developed by state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow and financed by Russian Direct Investment Fund. It may be recalled that  Gamaleya Institute had previously invented vaccines to contain Ebola and Mers using the same modus operandi.

A couple of days ago Health Ministry of Russia has approved world’s first COVID-19 vaccine (after less than two months of testing on humans). This was proclaimed by President Vladimir Putin who informed that Russia has registered world’s first COVID-19 vaccine and one of his daughters has been vaccinated.

Maintaining that vaccination in Russia should only be carried out voluntarily, Putin informed his cabinet that  the vaccine was effective in forming immunity against the pathogen.

“A vaccine against the coronavirus infection has been registered this morning (in Russia) for the first time in the world. I thank everyone who worked on the vaccine – it’s very important moment for the whole world. I know that it works rather effectively, forms a stable immunity, and, I repeat, it passed all the necessary inspections,” Putin said.

Meanwhile, commenting on this development WHO stated that it was looking forward to reviewing clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by state-run Gamaleya Institute in Russia: “WHO is in touch with Russian scientists and authorities, and looks forward to reviewing details of the trials.”

“It seems our foreign colleagues are sensing the specific competitive advantages of the Russian drug and are trying to express opinions that… are absolutely groundless,” Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko stated rejecting the cynics who look at the speed, at which the Russians had developed the vaccine, with suspicion.

Murashko had made it clear that the front-line health workers would be provided the vaccine on priority basis: “The first packages of the medical vaccine… will be received within the next two weeks, primarily for doctors”, he stated.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.