Will anyone trust Russian vaccine, in 2 weeks!
If this were a country other than Russia, this would be exciting and hopeful news.
Russia aims to secure approval for the first Covid-19 vaccine, which it says has had absolute efficacy against the coronavirus, in the first two weeks of August, the head of its sovereign wealth fund told The National.
Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is financing the country’s vaccine research, said the vaccine had been proven in trials on animals and humans.
“It’s a Sputnik moment for many people who didn’t expect Russia to be the first,” Mr Dmitriev said, using a reference to the Soviet Union launching the first satellite, the Sputnik 1 in 1957, which beat the US into space.
It’s a Sputnik moment for many people who didn’t expect Russia to be the firstKirill Dmitriev
There are more than 100 vaccines being developed and tested around the world to stop the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected nearly 17 million people and killed more than 666,000.
The Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia, which conducted trials of its own vaccine, is relying on scientific knowledge acquired six years ago in the fight against Ebola and the Middle East respiratory syndrome, a disease caused by a coronavirus, Mr Dmitriev said.
“We do not expect to be the only vaccine out there but definitely based on research I have seen, our vaccine will be the first to be approved,” he said.
“We believe our vaccine in many ways is better than others and we will be completely open to build partnerships to produce it in different parts of the world.”
Russian vaccine developers are using two human adenovirus vectors, not one, to elicit immune responses. https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/russia-will-have-covid-19-vaccine-in-two-weeks-in-sputnik-moment-1.1056470