After Sputnik V, Russian Federation grants approval to 2nd COVID-19 vaccine EpiVacCorona

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The new coronavirus vaccine comes two months after a similar move for Russia's first vaccine Sputnik V prompted widespread criticism from scientists both at home and overseas.

Talks are taking place between NHS England, the BMA and other groups over who will administer vaccines and who will receive it first, Pulse reported, citing multiple sources. The vaccine named EpiVacCorona comes after Russian Federation recently granted similar approval to its first COVID-19 vaccine named Sputnik V. Notably, Sputnik V is also the first vaccine candidate in the world to attain regulatory approval.

President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that Russian Federation has registered a second coronavirus vaccine, with a third one in the pipeline, the TASS news agency reported.

"Novosibirsk's Vektor [State Virology and Biotechnology Center] has registered the second Russian coronavirus vaccine today", Putin said via televised video conference.

In August, Russia was the first country to announce the registration of a Covid-19 vaccine, which has since been taken by thousands of Muscovites, and is now mid-way through its final trial phase. The president added that the priority was to supply the Russian market with the vaccines.

The two-shot vaccine, "EpiVacCorona", was tested among 100 volunteers in early-stage, placebo-controlled human trials, which lasted more than two months and were completed two weeks ago.

Antibody levels were also lower in those aged 60-80 years compared with those aged 18-59, they said.

The EpiVacCorona is a peptide synthetic vaccine based on a recombinant virus.

Scientists have yet to publish the results of the study.

The trial was not created to assess efficacy of the vaccine, so it is not possible to say whether the antibody responses induced by the vaccine, called BBIBP-CorV, are sufficient to protect from SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to the researchers.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, 60,000 doses of the vaccine are due to be released soon. She also said that 40,000 volunteers will participate in a third-phase clinical trial, including people over 65 years-old.



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