Russia is the first country to complete clinical trials of human Covid-19 vaccines, and the results have shown the drug’s effectiveness, the media reported on Sunday.
Chief scientist Elena Smolyarchuk, director of the Center for Clinical Drug Research at Sechenov University, told the Russian news agency TASS on Sunday that human trials with the vaccine at the university have stopped and will soon be released.
“The research is complete and it has been found that the vaccine is safe. Volunteers will be released on July 1
However, there was no further information on when this vaccine would enter commercial production. Russia had approved clinical trials with two forms of a potential Covid-19 vaccine developed on June 18 by the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Gamaleya.
The first vaccine was carried out at Burdenko military hospital
The first vaccine in the form of a solution for intramuscular administration was performed at Burdenko Military Hospital. Another vaccine in the form of a powder for preparation of a solution for intramuscular administration was performed at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.
The first phase of vaccine research at Sechenov University included a group of 18 volunteers and the second group included 20 volunteers.
After vaccination, all volunteers should remain in hospital for 28 days. Earlier, the results of the COVID-19 vaccine test conducted on a group of volunteers in Russia showed that they developed immunity to coronavirus.
“The data from the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Gamalei show that volunteers in the first and second groups form an immune response following injections of the vaccine against coronavirus,” said a previous statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Russia has reported 719,449 cases and 11,188 deaths so far
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 21 vaccines are currently in key studies. The total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide was nearly 12.7 million, while the number of deaths in the United States rose to over 564,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases was 12,681,472, while the number of deaths rose to 564,420. With 3,245,158 and 134,764, the United States was responsible for the largest number of infections and deaths worldwide. Brazil came in second with 1,839,850 infections and 71,469 deaths.