Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of the country’s second vaccine against COVID-19 , called EpiVacCorona and developed by the Véktor State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology .
“The Novovibirsk Center ‘Véktor’ today registered the second vaccine against the coronavirus: EpiVacCorona,” Putin said during a government meeting.
Putin stressed that, as with Sputnik-V (the first registered), Russia will promote the second vaccine abroad and advocated that the production of the drug be concentrated in those countries where it will be commercialized.
At the same time, he stressed that Russian vaccines against coronavirus must first meet all the needs of the domestic market and reach as many pharmacies as possible.
“As far as I know, we have a third vaccine underway from the Chumakov center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ” he added, referring to the one that will enter its second phase of testing on October 19 .
The Government announced that 40,000 volunteers will participate in the clinical analyzes of the second Russian vaccine, of which 150 people are over 60 years of age .
” The appearance of the second vaccine increases the chances of vaccination among the population and, therefore, brings us closer to stabilizing and overcoming the problem of COVID-19 infection ,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Gólikova .
In addition, he announced that the first batch, of 60,000 doses, will be produced “shortly . ”
Gólikova admitted that she and Russian health chief Anna Popova were vaccinated with EpiVacCorona and have not experienced “any side effects.”
” All the volunteers who took part in the first and second phases did not experience an increase in temperature, ” he noted.
The first Russian vaccine was registered on August 11 and is currently in phase 3 of the trials , the first results of which are expected this month and next.
Regarding the pandemic situation, Gólikova admitted that “it is quite tense and complicated, but, despite everything, it is under control ”.
According to the authorities, Russia registered 14,231 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours , a figure that follows the upward trend in infections in recent weeks.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,340,409 cases have been detected in Russia, and 23,205 people have died from the disease.
Moscow , where the chronically ill and those over 65 are advised to stay home and telework is promoted, remains the country’s main infectious focus.
In the last day, the Russian capital registered 4,573 new positive cases .
Compared to last week, the increase in infections across the country touched 26% , while in Moscow the increase was 31.7% .
In this regard, the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobianin , today ordered the return to schools of students from first to fifth grade after a two-week break, while the rest of the students will resume their studies at a distance.