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LIVE: Reports of Russian coronavirus vaccine to be administered

(Noted News) According to the Associated Press (“AP”) reporting from Moscow, Russia has become the first county to approve a coronavirus vaccine.  Some are skeptical noting the shots have only been studied a limited amount of time with a limited amount of recipients.

According to AP, “President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry’s approval and said one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated”, but “Russian authorities have offered no proof to back up claims of safety or effectiveness [ . . . .] “scientists in Russia and other countries sounded an alarm, saying that rushing to offer the vaccine before final-stage testing could backfire.”

AP reports the vaccine was “developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow with assistance from Russia’s Defense Ministry uses a different virus — the common cold-causing adenovirus — that’s been modified to carry genes for the ‘spike’ protein that coats the coronavirus, as a way to prime the body to recognize if a real COVID-19 infection comes along.  That’s a similar technology as vaccines being developed by China’s CanSino Biologics and Britain’s Oxford University and AstraZeneca.”

AP cites Kirill Dmitriev, identifying him as the chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the vaccine, as stating “[w]e expect tens of thousands of volunteers to be vaccinated within the next months,” and “Russian doctors and teachers start getting vaccinated, advanced trials are set to start Wednesday that will involve ‘several thousand people’ and span several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and possibly Brazil.”

According to AP, “Putin said one of his daughters has received two doses, and had minor side effects such as slight fever, and is now ‘feeling well and has a high number of antibodies.'”

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