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Russia: First group of COVID-19 vaccine volunteers discharged from Moscow clinic05:08

Russia: First group of COVID-19 vaccine volunteers discharged from Moscow clinic

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 15, 2020 at 11:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first group of 18 volunteers taking part in coronavirus vaccine trial were discharged from the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University on Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference on the trial, the clinic's leading doctors said the study had been a success so far.

"Everything went well. Some characteristic reactions to this kind of drugs were registered. I think they, participants of the clinical study, will explain in detail their feelings and impressions," said Sergei Semitko, Director of Scientific-Prophylactic Centre of Interventional Cardioangiology.

The results of the first phase of clinical research are expected to be ready in late July and analysed in August, according to Elena Smolyarchuk, Head of Drug Clinical Study Centre of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.

"Then they will be given to the regulator – the Ministry of Health. And perhaps in autumn we will be waiting for the first results of the vaccine's effectiveness," stated Smolyarchuk.

"There exists an opinion that the vaccine itself is dangerous. These are the people who got vaccine. They are alive and well. Nothing happened to them. I want that you hear the main thing – the vaccine is safe," she added.

Vadim Tarasov, Director of Traditional Medicine and Biotechnologies Institute at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, in turn noted that mass production of the vaccine will take several months to start after been given the green light by the Ministry of Health.

"To my knowledge, colleagues, companies created to complete the task, production sites, are actively working to enlarge the production technology. How long will it take? It is the question they should answer, not we. But even in case of the shortest terms, it will take them several months," he said.

One of the volunteers, Natalya Ageeva, said the trial had went well and that she hadn't suffered any major side effects.

"To tell the truth, I one more time asked whether I was vaccinated because I had just a small, insignificant pain. No side effects, no temperature. I got the vaccine on June 18 at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. and until today I feel well," highlighted volunteer Natalya Ageeva.

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The first group of 18 volunteers taking part in coronavirus vaccine trial were discharged from the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University on Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference on the trial, the clinic's leading doctors said the study had been a success so far.

"Everything went well. Some characteristic reactions to this kind of drugs were registered. I think they, participants of the clinical study, will explain in detail their feelings and impressions," said Sergei Semitko, Director of Scientific-Prophylactic Centre of Interventional Cardioangiology.

The results of the first phase of clinical research are expected to be ready in late July and analysed in August, according to Elena Smolyarchuk, Head of Drug Clinical Study Centre of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.

"Then they will be given to the regulator – the Ministry of Health. And perhaps in autumn we will be waiting for the first results of the vaccine's effectiveness," stated Smolyarchuk.

"There exists an opinion that the vaccine itself is dangerous. These are the people who got vaccine. They are alive and well. Nothing happened to them. I want that you hear the main thing – the vaccine is safe," she added.

Vadim Tarasov, Director of Traditional Medicine and Biotechnologies Institute at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, in turn noted that mass production of the vaccine will take several months to start after been given the green light by the Ministry of Health.

"To my knowledge, colleagues, companies created to complete the task, production sites, are actively working to enlarge the production technology. How long will it take? It is the question they should answer, not we. But even in case of the shortest terms, it will take them several months," he said.

One of the volunteers, Natalya Ageeva, said the trial had went well and that she hadn't suffered any major side effects.

"To tell the truth, I one more time asked whether I was vaccinated because I had just a small, insignificant pain. No side effects, no temperature. I got the vaccine on June 18 at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. and until today I feel well," highlighted volunteer Natalya Ageeva.

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