Time – Russia on Tuesday became the first country to officially register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated. The Russian leader added that one of his two adult daughters had received two shots of the vaccine. “She has taken part in the experiment,” Putin said.
Putin said that his daughter had a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) on the day of the first vaccine injection, and then it dropped to just over 37 degrees (98.6 Fahrenheit) on the following day. After the second shot, she again had a slight increase in temperature, but then it was all over. “She’s feeling well and has a high number of antibodies,” Putin added.
Speaking at a government meeting Tuesday, Putin said that the vaccine has undergone proper testing and is safe. Russian officials have said that large-scale production of the vaccine will start in September, and mass vaccination may begin as early as October 2020.
Indonesia, on Tuesday, launched human trials of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine with some 1,600 volunteers slated to take part in the six-month study. The vaccine candidate, produced by Sinovac Biotech, is among just a few in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials or large-scale testing on humans – the last step before regulatory approval. The treatment, known as CoronaVac, is already being tested on 9,000 health workers in Brazil, the second-hardest-hit country in the coronavirus pandemic after the United States.
SAUDI Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s CanSino Biologics Inc, a Saudi health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. Last month, CanSino’s co-founder said the company was in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile, and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of the vaccine candidate, Ad5-nCOV. Saudi Arabia plans to test the vaccine alongside a placebo on 5,000 volunteers and is currently preparing trials in the cities of Riyadh, Dammam, and Mecca, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Saturday. No COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for commercial use.
What is the US doing? The Department of Health & Human Services Operation Warp Speed (OWS) aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).
Moderna is the first company to begin its Phase 3 clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. The trial started the morning of July 27 and intends to enroll in 30,000 study subjects. The company has said it’s “on track to complete enrollment in September.” Moderna won’t make that 30,000 in September if they continue at the rate of the first two weeks, but it’s likely the speed of enrollment will ramp up, since as of Friday only 54 of the study’s 89 sites were operating, according to the company’s email to its researchers. Moderna’s numbers did increase significantly from the first week of the trial to the second week. Even if Moderna does reach its goal of full enrollment during the month of September, the company still won’t have a vaccine on the market by Election Day, infectious disease experts say.
So there are many Coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline. Just how many? BBC – says research is happening at breakneck speed. About 140 are in early development, and around two dozen are now being tested on people in clinical trials. But this list is growing. This tracker lists COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently in Phase 1-3 trials, as well as major candidates in pre-clinical stages of development and research. Information will be updated weekly. Here is a current snapshot for reference.
So there are many many vaccines in the pipeline and many resources to learn more about them. The Right Wire Report by no means can give ANY advice on Coronavirus vaccines. The only thing one can say is to educate yourself and learn as much as possible about vaccines and make your own informed decision with your doctor. Don’t play Vaccine Russian Roulette with your health.
In an interview, according to Bloomberg, Fauci, who has also been involved with White House’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine program, said it may take until well into 2021 for vaccines to reach much of the general public. “I would hope that by the time we get well into the second half of 2021 that the companies will have delivered the hundreds of millions of doses they have promised,” said Fauci. So patience will be needed.