Saudi Arabia launches clinical trial for Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

However, the clinical trial data and other documents of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine are now under expert review.

The U.S. Justice Departement indicted two Chinese nationals in late July for working with the Chinese intelligence agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS), after they were caught hacking U.S. and global data bases containing information about vaccine development. The MERS vaccine itself was created by using the Ebola virus as its foundation.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko announced that the European country is expecting to start the mass production of the vaccine from October 2020.

In shooting for such an ambitious schedule, Russia's vaccine is jumping ahead of established pharmaceutical practice. "The decision on registration will be made based on the results of the review", the ministry said.

It's not the first controversial vaccine Russian Federation developed.

Health experts worry that such rapid progress comes with inherent risks. "Claims of having a vaccine ready to distribute before you do testing, I think, is problematic at best". The inoculation developed jointly by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry, will be registered on August 08. A larger trial, involving up to 1,600 people, will only begin this month after initial batches of the virus go into circulation. Russia's pharma industry is preparing to launch into mass production in September. He also said that the government will first vaccinate teachers and doctors in August and then launch a nationwide vaccination campaign in October. "It's no coincidence media reports we see about the trials among the military said no one had any side effects, while the (other group) reported some", said Vasily Vlassov, a public health expert with Moscow's Higher School of Economics.

A new poll found that just 53% of Brits are certain or very likely to take the coronavirus vaccine, with a belief in conspiracy theories driving the low uptake.

A survey by King's College London and Ipsos Mori released Sunday showed British people who are skeptical about science and authority were more likely to say they'd refuse a vaccine.

At the same time, after Moscow announced plans to begin the rapid production of a COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged Russian Federation to follow established guidelines for the production of efficient and safe vaccines.

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