The globe witnessed remarkable news last month when the Russian president took onto social media to announce that the country has come up with a COVID-19 vaccine. Although there were a lot of criticisms put by the health community around the world, the vaccine has passed trials successfully. But still, scientists say that the trails were too small to prove its safety and effectiveness.
The study published in The Lancet involved two trails, each having 38 healthy adults ranging from 18-60 years of age. They were given two-part immunization in which the first dose followed by the booster given at 21 days apart. They were continuously monitored over 42 days in which all of them developed antibodies within the first three weeks. The report said that the vaccine was safe, well-tolerated, and did not cause any adverse effects in volunteers. The trials were open and not randomized, did not involve any placebos. In addition, the report also further stated that these participants would be monitored for a period of 180 days, and more rigorous ‘Phase 3’ trials would take place with 40,000 volunteers.
Experts state the fact that larger and longer trials with a placebo comparison to establish the full effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. Experts add the fact that the study, although encouraging, is small and did not represent data on older age groups who are particularly vulnerable to the disease. With the given pandemic situation, everyone in this globe needs vaccination to safeguard themselves. And in such a situation safety of the people is paramount said, experts.
On the other hand, Russia dethrones all the criticisms laid upon the vaccine by stating the Lancet results. The country expects to start the commercial production of the vaccine in September. In this regard, the WHO has also urged Russia to follow the necessary protocols to produce a safer vaccine. With a larger trail coming ahead, let’s keep our fingers crossed to see what the future brings.
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