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Russia proposed 8 anti-coronavirus vaccines to WHO

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Russia proposed 8 anti-coronavirus vaccines to WHO


28.05.2020

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Eight vaccines from the new coronavirus have been provided by Moscow to the World Health Organization (WHO), RIA Novosti reports. According to Melita Vujnovic, the WHO representative in Russia, the country has made a huge contribution to the fight against infection. The creation of drugs was handled by several Russian scientific organizations.

In total, WHO has registered 124 candidate vaccines from different countries. These are the drugs that meet all the selection criteria. Of these, ten vaccines are currently at the clinical assessment stage, and the rest are at the preclinical stage, Vujnovic said.

According to the academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Ginzburg, who heads the Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, the preclinical trials on the simplest rodents are coming to an end. Ginzburg notes that the scientists have already completed a test for all possible toxicities, and the result of the studies was positive. The tests on monkeys are also coming to an end.

If the preclinical testing phase is successful, the scientists will apply for permission to test the vaccine on human volunteers in early summer. Several employees of the center have already vaccinated themselves as an experiment.

The expert expressed the hope that the vaccine will be ready for launch in mass production in late summer. Consequently, the first stage of vaccination may unfold in autumn. 

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