China and Russia Reportedly Building Vaccine for Coronavirus

China and Russia are working to make a coronavirus vaccine, and Beijing has provided the genome of the virus to Moscow, a Russian diplomatic official in China stated Wednesday.

The number of deaths in China from coronavirus hiked to 132 Wednesday, with the number of confirmed cases now at nearly 6,000.

“Russian and Chinese specialists have begun developing a vaccine,” the Russian consulate in Guangzhou metropolis mentioned in a statement.

It was unclear clear whether Russian and Chinese scientists had been working collectively or individually. The consulate in Guangzhou couldn’t be reached for comment.

Russia, which has not had any confirmed cases of the virus, on Tuesday started screening all Russian tourists coming back from China, the national consumer well-being watchdog stated Wednesday.

Russia has been talking with China about removing its nationals from Wuhan and Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, the consulate stated.

PM Mikhail Mishustin ordered Russia’s consumer safety agency to draw up and present a plan to the government later on Wednesday on methods to prevent the spread of the virus.

Russian officials have closed some land crossings to China in the Russian Far East until February 7.