Sixty dollar experimental vaccine rolled out in east Chinese city

Chinese company offers coronavirus vaccine to students

On August 11, 2020, the Sputnik V vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology was registered by the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation and became the world's first registered vaccine against COVID-19 based on the human adenoviral vectors platform.

The race against covid-19 does not stop showing progress in the field of medicine, since in recent weeks countries such as the United States and Russian Federation have presented their vaccines to eradicate and prevent the spread of the virus. Worldwide, there are 40 candidates in the race of vaccination.

A division of Chinese state-run Sinopharm Group Co Ltd that is developing two COVID-19 vaccines is offering them for free to Chinese students going overseas for higher studies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Currently, there are three vaccine candidates undergoing human trials in India. "However, COVID-19 crisis requires accelerated pathways for vaccine development".

Public health experts said the move is timely, even as they seek the plan to be made public for consultation.

What do you call the disease caused by the novel coronavirus? Covid-19
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"This is a significant development that allows us to commence the clinical trials in India and we are committed to bringing in a safe and efficacious vaccine to combat the pandemic", Co-chairman and Managing Director of Dr Reddy's Laboratories G.V. Prasad in a statement said. Although 55 per cent of the population is below 50 years of age, yet, as per the availability of vaccines, healthcare workers should get the vaccines first, then people over 60 years of age with comorbidities followed by the rest of the populace. It is expected that the Corona vaccine will be developed in the country at the end of the year or early next year. "Thereafter, we will produce more and more dosages by the permission of the government", added Dr Jadav.

A Government spokesperson said: "The science is clear - vaccines save lives, which is why we are leading a global effort to find a Covid-19 vaccine". The mechanism of the supply chain should also be redefined so that the distribution turns out equitably.

Vaccine misinformation expert Professor Heidi Larson said she feared that people's concerns about vaccine safety were not being addressed, which could result in them not taking it.

We need to talk about vaccines; we need to vaccinate enough people - protection and protection can be accomplished safely with a vaccine. "Ensuring accessibility for 80 per cent of the population is a huge task indeed".


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