Russia has just released the first-ever COVID-19 vaccine for public use. It’s named Sputnik-V, and it marks yet another victory of Russia over the USA – after the first Sputnik which was the first-ever satellite to be launched into space.
Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in a cabinet meeting that Russia is rolling out the vaccine for the deadly Coronavirus and it will be given first to doctors and teachers.
The vaccine is a sham, says Western media
The vaccine has been submitted to the health ministry of Russia for registration and final approval. While the western media has gone berserk, raising questions about the safety of the vaccine – biffed about why the USA was outdone and outsmarted yet again by the Russians.
Vladimir Putin has said that the vaccine “works quite effectively” and “forms a stable immunity.”
What about the phase III testing?
Vaccines go through three phases of testing – first two phases are done on a small group for people and it gives data about the safety and effectivity of the vaccine. It also checks how the immune system responds to the vaccine and whether it creates more antibodies to help in fighting against the virus.
The third phase is executed on a large number of people to see if it lowers the overall infection rate.
However, the other countries of the world will start using this vaccine only after conducting their own phase III trials.
Russian vaccine is quite innovative
Researchers at the Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, said that this is a two-part vaccine. Which means that the people receiving the vaccine will be needed to given a second booster shot after a few weeks.
A two-step COVID-19 vaccine is unusual but it actually has an innovative side to it. Doctors say that the booster shot with a different adenovirus helps the body in forming better and more evolved antibodies – which will not be possible in a single shot vaccine.
But other countries need to develop their own vaccines too, as says Dr Kuritzke:
“We need as many vaccine candidates in development as we can muster. No single company or country can produce enough vaccine to vaccinate the world, and the more success we have, the better off everyone is going to be.”
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