Russian Anti-Vaxxers Rejoice! COVID Vaccine Will Be Voluntary Says Health Minister

Originally appeared at: RT

Russia will not make immunization against Covid-19 compulsory, according to Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko. A homegrown vaccine is currently being trialled and could possibly be registered and mass-produced by September.

According to the health ministry, vaccinations in Russia can only be given with a citizen’s expressed consent.

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“Today, interest in the vaccine is quite high, because people have realized the full significance of vaccination,” he said. “Over this period [of Covid-19], the number of supporters of vaccination has increased.”

Last week, it was reported by the country’s Ministry of Defense that the testing of a drug developed by Moscow’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology was proceeding well, and voluntary trialists had suffered from no side effects. If all goes well, it is expected that the vaccine will be registered in August, and be put into mass production quickly after.