Coronavirus Updates: Russia falling behind on COVID vaccine trials

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Highly-touted Russian vaccine lags behind in Phase 3 trials
According to the Sputnick V makers, only 6,000 participants have finished the necessary doses needed to achieve complete immunization.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Russia is reporting falling behind on its coronavirus vaccine trials.

According to the Sputnick V makers, only 6,000 participants have finished the necessary doses needed to achieve complete immunization.

That's far behind some of U.S.'s western trials, where nearly 30,000 participants have completed the two doses.

At the current rate of development, it could take up to a year for the majority of Russians to get shots.

Also, children are also volunteering in clinical trials in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine.

At Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a 12-year-old and his dad are both volunteering in a Pfizer vaccine trial.

Despite the pressure to reopen schools, officials say most of the vaccines being developed will go to senior citizens first.

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