Although the novel coronavirus cases continue to rise at terrific rate across the globe, a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Russia’s Sechenov University is making bold headlines around the globe, as Russian scientists tout it to be one of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine.
The clinical trials were started in mid-June and the first group of 18 volunteers and the second group of 23 volunteers were injected with the first dosage of the vaccine candidate at the Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. All the volunteers, who were between the age of 18 to 65, had spent 28 days in isolation, in order to prevent them from contracting other infections. They will be monitored for 6 months after their discharge as well.
Vaccine may be available by August 12-14
According to a report, the Russian scientists are hopeful to launch the world’s first corona virus vaccine by mid-August as Alexander, who is the director of Gamalei center, is hopeful that the vaccine candidate will ‘enter civil circulation’ by August 12-14. He further added that mass production of the same by the drug makers may begin by September 2020.