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Russia ready to supply coronavirus vaccine, medication to global market - health minister

Russia is ready to supply to the global market anti-viral medication, test systems and vaccine given the risk of the second wave of the coronavirus infection, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Sunday.

"From the first days, Russia has been providing assistance to the countries in Europe, America and Asia, international institutions, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union and the World Health Organization. Given the risk of the second wave of the pandemic, Russia is ready to supply to the global market the means of direct anti-viral action, including medication for cytokine storm therapy, test systems and vaccines," Murashko told a summit "Global Goal: Unite for the Future."

Russia is ready for dialogue with international and public organizations, the minister said, calling for coordinating research and manufacturing medical products. "Russia is developing and producing medication for treating COVID-19 and diagnostics test systems. This allowed us to prevent a shortage and a dramatic scenario of the pandemic," Murashko said.

The "Global Goal: Unite for the Future" initiative envisages financing major transnational pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines by funds collected at the event and promoting Western approaches on combating infections in developing states. The two-hour conference was broadcast through Internet platforms and social networks and involved the heads of state and governments.

[Source: Tass, Moscow, 28Jun20]

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