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World’s first Covid19 vaccine is here? Know details

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Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2020, 19:29

This past Sunday, Russia's Sechenov University announced that it had successfully completed clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Russia's Defense Ministry's Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

"Around 14-15 August, I hope, the small amount of vaccine that we should be able to produce will enter public circulation", Alexander Ginsburg, the institute's director, was quoted as saying.

Reports are indicating that COVAXIN, jointly developed by Bharat Biotech, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and National Institute of Virology, Pune, has entered the human trials phase. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three phases in the development of a vaccine.

"Efficiency and immunogenicity (generation of immune response)" is tested in phase two of trials.

"Sechenov University has successfully completed trials on the world's first vaccine volunteers against coronaviruses" said Tarasov. As the third phase of human trials requires over 10,000 participants for the results to be valid, Thailand - due to its relatively low number of cases - will seek the cooperation of Brazil, India and Indonesia to carry out the tests. And, if everything goes well, the next stage would involve a larger group of people from different ages to determine the efficacy of the vaccine.

According to a report by TASS, the Russian defence ministry said that "an in-ward treatment of the first group of volunteers, who were tested for the safety and tolerability of the vaccine, will end on 15 July".

Tarasov said that Sechenov University in Moscow has emerged as a scientific and technological research center for the COVID-19 vaccination, instead of being only an educational institution at a time when countries like Russian Federation, the U.S., India, and Brazil are struggling to curb the novel Coronavirus spread.

Just a Phase I trial?

After they are discharged, the volunteers will remain under medical supervision on an out-patient basis, Smolyarchuk told TASS. It is in this stage that researchers try to see whether the vaccine is triggering the desired immune response in human beings, and what could be the suitable dose to generate this response.

Russian Federation is now working on eight vaccines, according to Sputnik but according to the clinical trials website, 10 vaccine candidates have been listed.

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