Covaxin COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 2 Trials Halved

Russian coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac trade-named Sputnik V

Russian coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac trade-named Sputnik V

Putin congratulated scientists for approving the new jab, which was developed by Siberia's Vector Institute and completed early-stage human trials last month.

Authorities did not say how many people in the city had been given the vaccine, which comes in two doses, administered up to 28 days apart and costing a total of 400 yuan (about 50 euros). The new coronavirus vaccine comes two months after a similar move for Russia's first vaccine Sputnik V prompted widespread criticism from scientists both at home and overseas.

Putin said that Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova and the head of Russia's consumer safety watchdog Anna Popova have both received the EpiVacCorona vaccine as part of clinical trials. The subject expert committee (SEC) of the central government had also asked for the same and in a meeting on October 5, had found Covaxin's design of Phase 3 study "in principle satisfactory", and suggested to conduct large trials. The volunteers were between 18 and 60 years old.

The third vaccine is being produced by the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center, located in Moscow.

Turkey will give Greece, Cyprus response, Erdogan - English
The 60th round, the last of the exploratory talks initiated between the two countries in 2002, was held in Athens on March 1, 2016.

An advanced study involving tens of thousands of volunteers that is necessary to establish safety and effectiveness of the vaccine is scheduled to start in November or December.

EpiVacCorona, described as a "peptide-based shot", has yet to even begin such trials and its "registration" - a bureaucratic procedure undertaken by the Russian Health Ministry, which amounts to regulatory approval - is likely to be viewed as risky, at best. The vaccine, called "Sputnik V" in homage to the world's first satellite launched by the Soviet Union, is not yet in general circulation. Officials also said that vaccination of risk groups, such as doctors and teachers, will be carried out in parallel to the studies. Just like on Wednesday, Putin personally broke the news on national television and said one of his daughters had already been vaccinated, experienced slight side effects and developed antibodies.

Health officials told a press conference last month that the country expects to be able to produce 610 million vaccine doses annually by year-end, stressing the treatment would be affordable. It has also reported over 23,000 deaths. They registered a record number of 14,231 new cases on Wednesday.

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