Russia has claim first COVID-19 vaccine
In the race of developing vaccine of Coronavirus, Russia has announced it’s the first vaccine on Tuesday. The name of the vaccine is “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space.
On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country has developed the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19 that works quite efficiently. As per his claims, the vaccine forms a stable immunity against the disease.
The vaccine was developed by Moscow’s Ghamaleya Institute in collaboration with Russian defence ministry.
Putin said that his daughter had a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius on the day of the first vaccine injection, and then it dropped to just over 37 degrees on the following day. After the second injection, she again had a slight increase in temperature, but then it was all over. “She’s feeling well and has a high number of antibodies,” Putin added.
But Russia’s vaccine is not among WHO’S list of six vaccines that have reached phase three trials (in which vaccine is tested on a large number of population).
Scientists in the West have raised concerns about the speed of development of Russian vaccines, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners and coming under pressure from authorities to deliver.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urged Russia to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against COVID-19.
How Covid 19 vaccine developed by Russia wil work?
As per reports, the vaccine developed by Russia is based on the DNA of a SARS-CoV-2 type adenovirus, a common cold virus. To make it effective, the vaccine uses the weakened virus to deliver small parts of a pathogen and stimulate an immune response.
Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya National Research Centre, told news agencies that the coronavirus particles in the vaccine cannot harm the person’s health.
He stated that some people have fever when they get vaccinated; otherwise there is no such side effect of the vaccine.
Why this vaccine was under questions?
According to experts, the Sputnik V has not yet passed through phase 3 trials. Russia said it will undergo a human trial on Wednesday. Many experts criticize that Russia has skipped certain steps that are needed in vaccine development.
Fresh allegations have come up that the Russian government pressurized the scientists to speed up the development of the vaccine which may result in deadly consequences.