Russia Plans to Register World's First Coronavirus Vaccine By August

Russia says it is close to world’s first approval of Covid-19 vaccine

All 20 animals that received the sham vaccine became infected and showed high levels of virus in their lungs and nasal swabs.

On the global front, Dr Anthony Fauci said that 250,000 people have registered on the National Institute of Heath's website to take part in experimental vaccine trials.

NY:A leading candidate of Covid-19 vaccine developed by global healthcare company Johnson & Johnson raised neutralising antibodies and robustly protected monkeys against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. They gave 20 animals placebo doses as controls.

Six weeks later, all of the animals were exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

All vaccinated animals developed neutralizing antibodies following immunization. No virus found in the lungs of six animals that received the optimal vaccine candidate, Ad26.COV2.S and only one animal showed low levels of virus in nasal swabs.

Fauci, White House COVID-19 task force officials testify on Capitol Hill
Robert Redfield and Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, also testified. But rapid, widespread testing is critical to containing the pandemic.

"This vaccine led to robust protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques and is now being evaluated in humans", said study researcher Dan H. Barouch from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in the US. But in a pandemic a single-shot vaccine has a significant advantage, sidestepping a lot of the logistical issues involved in getting people to come back for their second dose. Around the same time, the company will start a parallel phase 3 study testing a two-shot regimen of the vaccine, Stoffels said.

Human clinical trial of indigenously developed Covaxin, a possible vaccine against coronavirus, began at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

However, Russia is yet to release the scientific data on its coronavirus vaccine trials, hence, questions remain about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, said the report. Kathryn E. Stephenson, assistant professor of medicine at HMS and associate member of the Ragon Institute, is the principal investigator for the trial at BIDMC, which is funded by Janssen Vaccines & Prevention.

"We have started human clinical trials of Bharat Biotech's vaccine and soon the trial of Zydus Cadila vaccine will be started", he added.

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