The first stage of trials, which is designed to prove that the drug is not harmful to humans, could finish as early as the middle of 2022, scientists say.

Scientists from the Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine of the Russian Academy of Sciences have completed the development of a virus capable of killing cancerous cells in a human body and are preparing to start the first clinical trials of the potential breakthrough drug, Deputy Director of the institute Vladimir Richter announced.

The researchers will be submitting all the necessary documents for this to the Health Ministry next week, he added. The first stage of trials will be to check whether the drug is harmless to humans and will go on for a year and a half.

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