First batch of Russian Federation covid vaccine in 2 weeks, mass production starts

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2020

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russian Federation had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, after less than two months of human testing. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was willing to participate personally. It claims to have signed pacts with foreign countries to make 500 million doses of the vaccine that it has named Sputnik V.

"Having a vaccine and proving that a vaccine is safe and effective are two different things", Fauci said during a panel with National Geographic, according to The Hill. "It was produced by Moscow's Gamalei Institute, and they expect it to be into mass production by the end of the year".

"I would be happy if we had a good first vaccine, but based on what we know, and that is the basic problem, our Russian colleagues let us know very little, it has not been adequately tested there".

The Russian vaccine's approval comes before trials that would normally involve thousands of people, commonly known as a Phase III trial, which are usually prerequisites for a vaccine's approval.

Gizmodo Australia has contacted the TGA to understand what steps are needed to be taken in order for Russia's vaccine candidate to be introduced into the country.

The vaccine is expected to provide immunity from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, for up to two years, according to the Russian health ministry.

"Brasil should not get involved in the conflicts between the US, China and Russian Federation".

Jingjin Zhu, President of Sinopharm Group Biological Products, noted, "The speed of these trials to date and the incredible diversity of volunteers who have been vaccinated has fully reinforced our decision that the UAE was a ideal location to test our inactivated vaccine and reach the widest demographic range of volunteers".

Mexico's Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said he was surprised by the Russian news, and that the government would wait for more information before making any decisions on the vaccine. The Dr VK Paul-headed expert committee, set up to consider vaccine administration, has already started confabulations with state governments and vaccine manufacturers so as to be ready with the wherewithal of inoculating people against the disease the moment a vaccine is cleared for use.

Other health experts have expressed concerns about the vaccine. "May 1 is when the PSG (Presidential Security Group) may allow him after concluding the tests of the vaccine here, Roque said, adding: "It's not a metaphorical statement".

"WHO is in touch with Russian scientists and authorities, and looks forward to reviewing details of the trials", the United Nations health company stated in a declaration.

"The WHO welcomes all advances in covid-19 vaccine research and development".

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