Russian University Claims World's First COVID-19 Vaccine, Clinical Trials Over

Henrietta Strickland
July 13, 2020

Some 120 volunteers in Herston, Brisbane will have the vaccine injected to see if it is safe and can generate immunity.

Clinical trials will run until the middle of next year - but, if successful, the vaccine could be rolled out at the start of next year for emergency use among the wider population.

That being the case, "we have to live with this virus" he said.

"The facts received by the Gamalei Nationwide Investigate Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology, proves that volunteers of the first and next teams are forming an immune response right after injections of the vaccine against the coronavirus", in accordance to an previously statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

It's understood 120 people have been chosen to receive the jab after more than 4000 people put their hand up to volunteer.

"The research has been finished and it proved that the vaccine is secure".

The Sechenov University had started clinical trials of the vaccine produced by Russia's Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18.

Russia has successfully completed all the clinical trials of what is being hailed as the world's first coronavirus vaccine, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.

There was, however, no further information on when this vaccine would enter commercial production stage. Following favourable results in trials on primates, the next step is to manufacture doses for human trials, said Kiat Ruxrungtham, director of the Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University vaccine development program.

Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Gilead Sciences, Oxford University's researchers and American biotech company Moderna are at the forefront of developing a Covid-19 vaccine.

While we would probably have one that worked partially, we were very far from the end of the crisis, he said.

"Sechenov University has successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world's first vaccine against coronavirus", Tarasov said.

University of Queensland scientists are expected to release more details on today about a human trial for a Covid-19 vaccine that gives hope of a breakthrough in combating the virus. Originally the earliest target was September, but Kiat said not enough vaccine can be ready by then.

Similarly, a World Health Organisation document on "Draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines" lists two trials by the Gamaleya Research Institute as being Phase-I trials.

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