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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, more than 17.02 million people have been infected with the disease, more than 667 thousand have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The first place in the number of confirmed cases is occupied by the United States, where more than 4.42 million infected were detected. Then comes Brazil, where 2.55 million were infected with the virus, and India is in third place with 1.53 million cases.

Russia ranks fourth in the number of detected cases (827 thousand). Also in the top five countries is South Africa, where 471 thousand cases of infection were recorded.

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Mass production of a vaccine against coronavirus infection in Russia will begin in late 2020 – early 2021, said Ilnaz Imatdinov, a representative of the drug developer, head of the laboratory at the Vector center, on the eve.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, out of more than twenty types of vaccines against coronavirus infection currently being developed in Russia, two are the most promising. We are talking about a vaccine of the Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. N.F. Gamaleya of the Ministry of Health, as well as the development of the state scientific center “Vector”, she said.

In the United States, the third phase of the Moderna vaccine trial began on July 27. 30 thousand people will participate in clinical trials.