Virus cure soon? Russia scientists 'successfully complete trials of world's 1st COVID-19 vaccine'
Sechenov University in Russia claims to have successfully completed clinical trials of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. Volunteers would be discharged on July 15 and July 20, say the country's media reports quoting top experts.
In a positive development amid the world's battle against coronavirus, scientists at Russia's Sechenov University claim to have successfully completed clinical trials of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine on volunteers, and said the results of research proved the medication’s effectiveness.
Sechenov University's chief researcher Elena Smolyarchuk told Russian news outlet TASS on Sunday that the research "has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe".
The Russian mission to India, in a tweet, quoted Smolyarchuk as saying that "the vaccine is safe".
????#Sechenov University has successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world's first vaccine against #COVID19.— Russia in India (@RusEmbIndia) July 12, 2020
"The #vaccine is safe. The volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and July 20", chief researcher Elena Smolyarchuk told TASS ➡️ https://t.co/jVrmWbLvwX pic.twitter.com/V8bon4lieR
Smolyarchuk, who heads the Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University, said that the volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and July 20, according to TASS.
The volunteers will remain under medical supervision on an out-patient basis after being discharged, she said.
Speaking about the clinical trials, Vadim Tarasov -- the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology -- told Russia's Sputnik that the Sechenov University began clinical trials of the vaccine produced by Russia's Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18. A group of 18 volunteers were vaccinated. The second group of 20 volunteers were vaccinated on June 23.
According to Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical, and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University, the objective of this stage of the study was to show the vaccine's safety on humans, which was successfully done.
"The safety of the vaccine has been confirmed. It corresponds to the safety of those vaccines that are currently on the market", Lukashev told Sputnik.
A further vaccine development plan is already being determined by the developer, including the complexity of the epidemiological situation with the virus and the possibility of scaling up production, Lukashev added.
There are no approved vaccines yet for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, which has killed more than half a million people globally.
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