- People around the world are feeling hopeful after Russia revealed good news in terms of a coronavirus vaccine
- Russia announced it completed human trials of the Covid-19 vaccine and the results looked promising
- South Africans flooded social media with their views and many prayed that the vaccine works amid rising number of cases in Mzansi
Brazil might have been the first country to test the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, but it appears Russia has made it to the finish line first.
The nation has successfully completed human trials of the vaccine, with Elena Smolyarchuk from the Russian Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenow University saying that test patients are set to be discharged soon:
"The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe. The volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and July 20."
Briefly.co.za reported that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 21 vaccines are currently under trial worldwide.
The news resulted in #Russia and #coronavaccine trending on social media. South Africans were amongst millions to voice their opinions on the news and we took a look at some of their reactions.
While many prayed the vaccine worked, others had jokes about Russia finding the potential solution to the pandemic.
The world is desperately awaiting an effective vaccine. Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed another spike in Covid-19 infections:
"As announced by His Excellency President MC Ramaphosa, a cumulative total of 276 242 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been reported with 12 058 new cases identified."
The minister also confirmed that SA has now recorded over 4 000 Covid-19-related fatalities:
"Regrettably, we report a further 108 Covid-19 related deaths - 7 from KwaZulu-Natal, 15 from Western Cape, 22 from Eastern Cape, and 64 from Gauteng. This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 4 079."
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