Officials said 197 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official nationwide death toll to 5,725.
Russia has the world’s third-highest number of confirmed cases after the United States and Brazil. A video released by the Russian ministry of defense on Thursday showed the ministry is preparing to launch the testing of a COVID-19 vaccine on humans.
Around 50 volunteers were picked from the ministry staff members, according to the head of Main Military Hospital, Evgeniy Kryukov, and were transported to the medical facility in the Moscow region. Before the tests start, the volunteers are in for 14 days of quarantine to eliminate the risk of being infected with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
The vaccine is developed by the Russian Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The head of the center, Alexander Ginsburg, said in an interview with Russian TV channel “Russia 1” that he expects the mass-production of the vaccine at the end of summer.
By Gleb Stolyarov and Maxim Rodionov
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report