‘Sputnik V’: All about Russia’s COVID vaccine and its availability

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The World Health Organization (WHO) intends to analyze information about clinical trials of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus, which production was announced by Russia's President Vladimir President as RBK reported. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was willing to participate personally.

In 1956, boxes of polio vaccine were rushed for delivery, but only after clinical trials concluded and it was approved by the FDA.

Governments are under huge pressure to find a vaccine against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 700,000 people worldwide and eviscerated the global economy since it first emerged in central China late previous year. "I seriously doubt that they've done that", he said. Phase I and II clinical trials have small sample sizes and may not include individuals from high-risk groups.

Russian Federation says their Covid 19 vaccine emerged from the research it did on Ebola vaccines it developed in 2015 and 2018.

The vaccine has, however, not yet completed its final trials and Russia's announcement to grant approval before then has raised concerns among some experts.

Washington's health chief on Wednesday expressed skepticism about Russia's claim of developing the world's first safe coronavirus vaccine, pointing to the lack of data from its initial trials.

"It's a too early stage to truly assess whether it's going to be effective, whether it's going to work or not", said Dr. Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton.

And while its vaccine data from Phase 1 and 2 trials are yet to be published, US, UK and Canadian security officials warned in July that Russian cyber actors were targeting organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development.

And in the United States, the country's top virus expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said he doubted Russia's claims. The real benefit of the vaccine will be judged only when the worldwide populations benefit the same way as the populace of Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladamir Putin announced on state television that mass vaccination will start in October, with doctors and teachers given the opportunity to go first, although Bloomberg reports families of Russian leaders are already getting access.

Dmitriev told CNBC that Russian Federation will share data from the vaccine with the rest of the world.

The Gamaleya Institute claims Russian Federation has already received orders for 1 billion doses from 20 countries, with plans to manufacture the vaccine in countries such as Brazil, India, and Cuba.

R. Gangadhar, state convener of Breakthrough Science Society said, "We have to congratulate Russian Federation for coming out with a vaccine so soon".

"I will volunteer to receive it in public".

Usually when a vaccine is presented to Australia, it comes with safety assessments and is pre-approved by the two big regulatory bodies worldwide - the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Europe's European Medicines Agency. Thousands would die. And public confidence in vaccines - the greatest achievement of the 20th century - would be shattered.

Putin said the Health Ministry gave its approval after the vaccine, named "Sputnik V", underwent the necessary tests. he said one of his two adult daughters had been inoculated.

"The point is not to be first with a vaccine".

Sputnik V first entered human trials on June 17 using 76 patients and has since undertaken the second phase too.

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