First Covid-19 Vaccine
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- Russia has become the first nation to complete clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine on humans
- According to the reports, the vaccine has proven the medication’s effectiveness
- There was, however, no further information on when this vaccine would enter the commercial production stage
- WHO says that there are at least 21 vaccines currently under key trials around the world.
Russia announced today that they have completed the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine. According to Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University based in Russia, they have completed all clinical trials and awaiting for mass production and distribution.
Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology confirmed the information via Sputnik News. The report highlighted that all clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine produced by Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology which started on June 18 has been successful.
Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University, said that the main objective of this stage of the study was to show the vaccine’s safety for human health, which was successfully done.
“The safety of the vaccine is confirmed. It corresponds to the safety of those vaccines that are currently on the market,” Lukashev told Sputnik.
Russia state-run news agency TASS reported that “Gamalei center’s head Alexander Gintsburg hopes the vaccine will ‘enter civil circulation’ on Aug. 12-14. He added that he hopes private companies would begin mass production by September.”
Times of Moscow quoted Ginstsburg “The Russian Health Ministry will make a decision on the substance effectiveness based on the results of” biochemical tests, the university said in a July 3 press release.
According to Forbes, “Russia had allowed clinical trials of two forms of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The first one was carried out at the Burdenko Military Hospital. The other vaccine was given to test patients at the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.” There were 20 people who received the vaccine shot and these volunteers were asked to quarantine in the hospital for 28 days.
Financial Express, also reported that “both groups of volunteers for clinical trials will be discharged soon. The first group will be permitted to leave in two-three days and the second group will be discharged on July 20. Citing Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical, and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University, the report mentioned that the study has been done to check vaccine’s safety when given to humans and that has now been successfully done.”
Russia plans to produce 30 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine domestically this year, with the potential to manufacture a further 170 million abroad, the head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund told Reuters.
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