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Canada Coronavirus: Russia ready to test vaccines on humans as of June

00:20  08 april  2020
00:20  08 april  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The head of a top Russian research center told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that his lab was ready to start human trials of experimental coronavirus vaccines in June . Rinat Maksyutov, head of the Vektor State Virology and Biotechnology Center, said his facility proposed

Russia ’s research center of virology and biotechnology, known as the Vector Institute, is testing multiple different vaccine prototypes against Covid-19 in a race As of Friday, Russia has confirmed 199 cases of the coronavirus , with the total jumping by some 35 percent on the previous day.

Tests are currently underway in Siberia on mice, rabbits and other animals to determine the most promising prototype.

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Find a vaccine against Covid-19, the big laboratories dream of it. The director of a major Russian research center told Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that he was ready to test experimental vaccines against the new coronavirus as early as June.

Rinat Maksioutov, head of the Vektor state center, said during a meeting between the Russian president and the directors of the main research centers of the country to plan a first phase of clinical trials of three vaccines from June 29 on a sample of 180 volunteers.

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“Volunteer groups have already been created. We have received over 300 applications, ”he told Vladimir Putin.

According to Rinat Maksioutov, scientists in his laboratory located near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk have developed prototype vaccines based on six technological platforms. Tests are currently underway on mice, rabbits and other animals to determine the most promising prototype by April 30.

Biological weapons during the Soviet period

The boss of Vektor added that the laboratory plans to conduct pre-clinical studies by June 22, just before the tests on humans. Rinat Maksioutov even said that the first tests on humans could start as early as May "if the Ministry of Health allows it".

According to him, Vektor has vaccine technologies tested on humans for other diseases that could be used to develop the one against the coronavirus. "We have the possibility of modeling the vaccines on the basis of other already existing and registered, with therefore the possibility of reducing the pre-clinical studies and moving to clinical trials", added the Minister of Health, Mikhaïl Mourachko, at this meeting.

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"If we act competently and in an organized and disciplined manner, we will pass this difficult stage in the life of our country with minimal losses," commented Vladimir Putin.

During the Soviet period, Vektor had carried out secret research on biological weapons. He holds samples of various viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola.

Russia currently has 7,497 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 58 deaths to deplore.

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