Russian authorities this Friday reported more than 8,500 cases and about 400 deaths from coronavirus last day, with the Eurasian country breaking the barriers of 4.8 million infections and 110,000 deaths, according to data from the National Action Center for the Fight the pandemic.
The agency has detailed that 8,731 cases and 397 deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,805,288 and 110,128, respectively, as reported by Russian news agency Sputnik.
The capital Moscow appears one more day as the city with the highest number of cases and deaths in the country, with 2,662 and 57 respectively, followed by Saint Petersburg with 725 and 33. Moscow confirmed more than 3,000 cases a day on Thursday for the first time since the end January.
The agency has also estimated a total of 4,427,946 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, including 8,496 discharges on the last day.
On the other hand, the Russian Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service (Rosseljoznadzor) announced later in the day that it had made the first 17,000 doses of the vaccine the country is developing against the coronavirus in animals, known as Carnivac-Cov.
“The first batch of 17,000 doses of the vaccine against infection with the new coronavirus for Carnivac-Cov animals has been made,” said Yulia Melano, a consultant for the agency, who added that orders for the delivery of these vaccines have already been registered.
He emphasized that the production volume is currently up to three million cans per month, a number that could increase to five million if necessary. Finally, he stressed that documents are being prepared to apply for registration of the vaccine abroad, including European Union (EU) countries.
The deputy director of Rosseljoznadzor, Konstantin Savenkov, said on March 31 that the vaccine had been registered, stressing that “it is the first and so far only compound in the world that prevents COVID-19 disease in animals”.
Savenkov stressed that clinical studies have shown that the vaccine is safe and that the animals who received it developed antibodies to the coronavirus that lasted for at least six months, although Rosseljoznadzor scientists are continuing their studies on this point.