Metropolitan Hilarion willing to participate in trials of vaccines against coronavirus

The head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said he was ready to become one of participants of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus.

The TV channel "Russia 24" the anchorwoman asked Metropolitan Hilarion that he would agree to become one of the pioneers who will test on itself a new vaccine.

"I would agree. And I think the sooner will these test, the better, because the risk of infection is still very high, and here every day roads. We see the figures that every day people die. The sooner the vaccine will be tested and will be registered, the sooner it will be available in the public access, the better," said the Bishop.

He noted that Russian scientists are now taking a "heroic effort in order to find the means to prevent this terrible disease".

Metropolitan Hilarion noted that Virology in Russia is at a very high level and he will not be surprised if Russia will be the first country where the vaccine is not only invented, but introduced into the General circulation.

"Experience shows that vaccination in General is a very important means of preventing all sorts of viruses," - said the Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Earlier, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin said that four vaccines against coronavirus in Russia proved its safety. As told Mishustin, vaccine development are all Russian research institutions. This, in particular, are engaged in the Ministry of education and science, Ministry of health, the FMBA and Rospotrebnadzor.

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