Sunday, 07 Jun 2020

When America is Overwhelmed, Russia is Ready to Test the Corona Virus Vaccine to Humans in June


IllustrationIllustration -The head of Russia's main research center told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that his lab was ready to begin human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in June.

Rinat Maksyutov, head of the State Vector Virology and Biotechnology Center, said the facility proposed the first phase of clinical trials of three vaccines starting June 29, on 180 volunteers.

Maksyutov said that in a video link between Putin and the heads of leading research centers.

"Volunteer groups have been formed," he told Putin, adding that many people wanted to take part in the trial.

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"We have received more than 300 applications."

Maksyutov said scientists in a secret lab complex located in Koltsovo outside the Siberian city of Novosibirsk had developed several prototype vaccines.

Tests are currently being carried out on mice, rabbits and other animals.

The vector plans pre-clinical studies before June 22 before launching testing in humans, Maksyutov added.

But the first human trial could begin in May "if the health ministry allows it".

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The vector has a vaccine platform technology that has been tested in humans for other infections and can be used for coronaviruses, he added.

The Vector laboratory complex conducts research into secret biological weapons in the Soviet era and stockpiles viruses ranging from Ebola to smallpox.

Russia on Tuesday reported 7,497 cases of coronavirus and 58 deaths but the actual number of infections is believed to be much higher.


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