Russian health officials say a potential coronavirus vaccine has finished clinical trials in a Moscow lab and there could be mass vaccinations by October.
Russia’s first potential vaccine would secure local regulatory approval in August, a source told Reuters.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the U.S., said he hoped that Russia, China and other international competitors racing for a vaccine were "actually testing the vaccine" before administering them to anyone.
The new developments on the vaccine come weeks after security officials in the U.S., United Kingdom and Canada said Russian hackers were responsible for a cyberattack aimed at stealing information about other country's potential vaccines.
Meanwhile, Russia's coronavirus deaths continue to spike, with the country reporting 95 deaths on Saturday.