Russia is developing several vaccines against the MERS coronavirus, Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) head Anna Popova has said.
"The Russian vaccine has a successful future; obviously, we will have more than one variant of it. The first variant, all of its materials, have been submitted for registration," she said at a press briefing in Ufa on July 9.
"Studies will go on for the sake of maximum efficiency of the vaccine," Popova said.
She said that Rospotrebnadzor had not recorded cases of MERS importation into Russia as of yet.
"All necessary measures are being taken, and the sanitary-epidemiological situation in the country is now stable. There are no cases of importation into Russia," she said.
Sanitary quarantine control posts are operating in Russian airports 24/7 in order to prevent the spread of the virus into the country, Popova said.
The Rospotrebnadzor head said that Russian doctors learned about the MERS virus in 2012. One of its characteristic feature
s is a rather slow rate of spreading compared to flu, she said.
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