Russian coronavirus vaccine shows no serious side effects, Lancet says


A medical worker holds a syringe with a flu vaccine at a mobile flu vaccination center in central Moscow. centers.Vyacheslav Prokofyev | TASS | Getty Images

Early results from trials of the potential Russian coronavirus vaccine show no serious negative side effects, a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet revealed on Friday.”Preliminary results from Russian trials show that the # COVID19 vaccine candidates did not cause any serious adverse events and did not elicit an antibody response,” read a tweet from the journal’s Twitter account.

Doctors involved in the trials conducted “two open, non-randomized phase 1/2 studies in two hospitals in Russia” on 76 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 60, according to the Lancet article. He added that the vaccine formulations tested were “safe and well tolerated”.

The vaccine has been dubbed “Sputnik V” in Russia, but has come under criticism from the West amid questions over how quickly it was approved and the lack of data so far.

However, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF which supports the vaccine, hailed The Lancet study as validation of his country’s efforts in an interview with CNBC.

“We had a lot of interest in publishing the Russian vaccine (with) in The Lancet, which is one of the leading Western medicine magazines,” Dmitriev told CNBC’s Julianna Tatelbaum. “It’s very important to share information with the world… the results have been very good but basically the study has shown that there is a very strong cellular immune response and antibodies. ”

He added that Russia was “on track” to deliver vaccine exports by November.

The Lancet is one of the oldest medical journals in the world, with editorial offices in New York, London and Beijing.

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