Vladimir Chulanov, chief infectious disease expert at the Russian Ministry of Health, announced that up to now, there has always been talk about the “Sputnik V” vaccine, which has successfully passed all the tests.
In an interview with the newspaper “Kemmolskaya Pravda”, he indicates that on February 4 it became known that the tests of the second Russian vaccine “EpiVacCorona” against the emerging coronavirus. Created by experts of the “Victor” center on volunteers aged 60 years and over, has ended successfully.
“A few days ago, we finished the necessary clinical studies to officially register the vaccine. As it is known, the category of people aged 60 years and over are the weakest in facing the emerging coronavirus. Therefore, they must be protected first,” said Tatiana Nepomniashikh, deputy director general for scientific affairs and international cooperation at the “Victor” center. We got positive results, and they did not show severe negative effects, except for some pain at the site of their injection.
The expert points out that the “EpiVacCorona” vaccine contains “three small artificial pieces of viral proteins on the basis of which immunity is formed.” The innovators expect that the vaccine will provide immunity protection for a year, indicating that the vaccination will be in two stages, separated by 2-3 weeks.
She added that the first and second phase of the tests began in the summer, with the participation of 100 volunteers, the results of which proved that the vaccine is easy to tolerate and helps to produce antibodies. On this basis, it was registered on October 12, 2020. After that, it began to circulate in various regions of Russia.
And she indicates, that the tests on animals ended in December 2020, and their results showed that there were no negative effects on reproductive function.
And she says, now the center’s experts are tracking virus mutations, to determine whether there are changes in the protein parts used in the vaccine. Fortunately, it turns out, that no such mutations have occurred yet.
Source: Kemmolskaya Pravda newspaper