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Bharat Biotech International Chairman Krishna Ella on August 10 said his company cannot rush to launch COVAXIN, India's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine. "Safety and quality are paramount; we don't want to kill more people with the wrong vaccine," he said.
Russia would be the first country to launch a vaccine, which is expected on August 12, as per reports. The vaccine is being developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the country’s Defence Ministry.
The Russian health ministry has said mass production of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to begin in October, and that medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vaccinated.