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Russia Eyes First Coronavirus Vaccine Launch in Mid-August

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Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2020, 16:28

According to local media, the trial will see people injected with two doses of the vaccine every four weeks. The university has said the first group of volunteers would be discharged on July 15 and the second on July 20.

Though the results have been favourable with respect to the medication's effectiveness, no further information was provided on when this vaccine would enter commercial production stage.

Sinovac Biotech has reported positive preliminary data from the Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, CoronaVac.

Professor Robert Booy, head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said the animal trials would have "ticked all the boxes" allowing the human testing to go ahead.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) - a global group that finances the development of vaccines against infectious diseases - tapped the UQ to create a vaccine against the coronavirus in January, giving the uni an initial investment of up to US$4.5 million. Clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine began at the Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18.

Russian scientists said Monday they hope the world's first coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to patients as soon as next month after a medical university in Moscow said it completed clinical trials using human volunteers. It seems that the vaccine has proved to be effective and the volunteers are safe.

There are no approved vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19, but 19 candidates are being trailed in humans globally. In Phase III, the vaccine is given to thousands of people and tested for efficacy and safety. "This clinical trial is an open study of safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of the drug "Gam-COVID-Vac Lyo", lyophilisate for the preparation of a solution for intramuscular administration, with the participation of healthy volunteers". Phase 3 trials are the largest in terms of number of subjects. But, according to analyst reports due to a decline in infection rate, the team at Oxford University developing a Covid-19 vaccine believe that the chances of the trial yielding " no result" is now 50%.

After the USA, Brazil and India, Russia is the fourth country with 733,699 number of infected cases and 11,439 number of deaths.

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