Russia is going to take another step in the development of the Covid-19 vaccine. On Monday, officials said that Russia would begin human trials of a single dose ‘Sputnik-Light’ version of the Sputnik-V vaccine. Officials called it a possible ‘solution’ and said that it would help the country with high rates of infection. Kirill Daimari, responsible for marketing Sputnik-V overseas, said that the two-dose vaccine used in Russia would remain the main version.
Russia’s another step in the development of the Covid-19 vaccine…
‘Sputnik-light’ will be less effective than its double-dose version, but the coronavirus will provide temporary relief to the badly affected countries. The Russian Direct Investment Fund, which provides financial assistance in the development of the double-dose Sputnik-V vaccine, will also support the human trials of ‘Sputnik-Light’.
The single-dose version can be used for export. Given the global demand for the vaccine, ‘Sputnik-Light’ will be the single-dose component of the original vaccine. It’s human trials will be conducted on 150 people in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Single-dose ‘Sputnik-light’ vaccine to be tested:
According to officials, more than 10 lakh people have been given the original two-dose version of Sputnik-V till now. Many countries are considering ways to expand the low supply of the Covid-19 vaccine. This includes double-dose delays and reducing the size of the dose.
By registration in August last year, Russia had become the first country in the world to be recognized by the vaccine. However, experts had also raised concerns about the vaccine upon approval before the completion of the test.
In early December, Russia began mass vaccination throughout the country, despite the final phase of human vaccine testing. Critics said that this move by Russia is enhancing geopolitical influence.
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Center orders more than 60 million doses, The Central Government on Monday ordered more than six crore doses of corona vaccine to Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech. The government will first administer the corona vaccine to three crore front-line health workers in the country, which will start from January 16.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Chief Ministers of all the states on Monday and reviewed the preparations related to vaccination.
In the first phase, vaccines are being airlifted to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh, and Bhubaneswar. The vaccine will be sent directly to Mumbai via truck.
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