Coronavirus : the Russian elites vaccinated since April - The Point

If the research forward a little everywhere on the planet, the vaccine still seems a distant prospect. So, Dr. Bruno Hoen, director of medical research at the P

Coronavirus : the Russian elites vaccinated since April - The Point

If the research forward a little everywhere on the planet, the vaccine still seems a distant prospect. So, Dr. Bruno Hoen, director of medical research at the Pasteur Institute, has announced that it will not be made available to the general public this year. At the microphone of France Info, the scientist is even estimated that by 2021, this will be just a feat ". Yet, as revealed by Bloomberg, in Russia, some members of the economic elite or policy of the country would receive already an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus. A campaign conducted in the utmost discretion, which would have started from the month of April.

The country led by Vladimir Putin has set a timetable particularly ambitious from a medical point of view. The objective of the authorities is indeed to be able to conduct mass vaccinations of the population from the start of the year. CEOS of large corporations, billionaires or high-ranking officials were the first to be vaccinated. This test phase would have remained secret to avoid an influx of volunteers. Several hundred people would have been affected. If the majority wished to remain anonymous, the head of the direct investment Fund Russian (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, which funds research on the vaccine in Russia, acknowledged that he and his family were concerned. It is a vaccine developed by the research institute Gamaleya, Moscow. The first test phase, which was officially military personnel, was completed last week.

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A vaccine that is " safe ", but whose effectiveness is not proven

According to Sergey Netesov, a researcher in molecular biology from the university of Novosibirsk, when asked by Bloomberg, the doses received by the Russian elite would be safe. The vaccine would have been designed from other vaccines. But its effectiveness is still to be determined. "Those who take it do so at their own risk. "Among" patients " identified by the media specialist, some report mild side effects such as muscle pain or fever. According to the monitoring carried out by the New York Times, the phase 3 tests should be conducted in September. The goal is then to produce 30 million doses for national use, and then 170 million doses for use in other countries.

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Monday, July 20, president Vladimir Putin felt that Russia had done better than the european countries in the fight against the sars coronavirus. With more than 780 000 diagnosed cases, Russia is ranked the fourth largest in the world by number of infections. But the country is officially only 12 427 dead. A low rate of mortality which gave rise to suspicions on the transparency of the regime. Last week, the british authorities have also accused Russian hackers of attempting to steal the research in the development of a vaccine against the new coronavirus.

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Updated Date: 21 July 2020, 14:33

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