Russia Health Ministry is pushing to start a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme in October as clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine developed by Russia’s  Gamaleya Institute have been completed, according to reports.

Despite concerns that the vaccine is being pushed too fast when other vaccines are still undergoing clinical trials, the vaccine is expected to be rolled out next month.

Various reports have suggested that the authorities are planning to skip phase-3 of the trials and give conditional registration to Gamaleya’s vaccine this month.

However, the Russia Health Ministry has clarified that the vaccine trials were conducted in full compliance with methodological regulations.

The Health Minister Mikhail Murashko revealed to reporters on Saturday about their plan to start the vaccination programme in October.

“We plan wider [vaccination] for October because we need to launch a new system of treatment gradually,” he said in response to a TASS question.

If everything goes according to plan, the Health ministry expects doctors and teachers to be the first to receive the vaccine.