Coronavirus: Early trial finds Russia's vaccine safe, induces immune response

Coronavirus: Early trial finds Russia's vaccine safe, induces immune response

- Findings on the phases one and two of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Russia are out

- The results published in a medical journal indicate that the vaccine is safe and induces an immune response

- Experts, however, said the phase 3 trial which the vaccine has just entered is the one that will finally determine whether it is safe or not

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There is a renewed hope in the race to find a lasting solution to the coronavirus pandemic as the vaccine earlier announced by Russia shows promising results.

A report by Independent UK says preliminary trials indicate that the vaccine which was unveiled by Russia without proper testing appears to be safe and induces an immune response.

Legit.ng gathers that the results of the preliminary trial were published in The Lancet, a medical journal, on Friday, September 4.

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The vaccine, Sputnik V, will enter mass production phase in September.

Despite concerns from experts, the results showed that the vaccine caused no major adverse effects and induced antibodies in all participants in two small rounds of early testing.

Nevertheless, Independent UK states that experts said the findings were “encouraging but small” and did not yet prove the vaccine was effective or safe.

Phase 3 testing of the vaccine which was developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Research Institute, began this week, with 40,000 volunteers scheduled to be injected.

The trials covered in The Lancet study were phase 1 and 2, which involve smaller numbers of participants and aim to establish whether a drug works, if there any side effects or safety concerns, and appropriate dosage levels.

Dr Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton, was quoted to have said that it is the phase 3 trial that will finally determine whether the vaccine is safe or not.

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"At this stage, we do not know if the vaccine actually works – that is what the phase 3 trials will tell us," he said.

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Meanwhile, an earlier report has indicated that the Australian government is considering banning citizens in the country from flights, restaurants, and public transportation if they don't get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Nick Coatsworth, the deputy chief medical officer, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 19, at a press conference.

According to Coatsworth, health officials and ministers would discuss measures to encourage Australians to take the coronavirus vaccine.

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