Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.
They were looked upon as examples of how to deal with the coronavirus, hailed for their no-nonsense approach, their clear messaging, their slick test-and-trace regimes, and the resulting low infection and death rates.
The Russian defence ministry says it has developed a coronavirus vaccine following clinical trials on a group of volunteers. According to the ministry in mid-July, 18 people participated in the research and their “immunity is working well and antibodies are being created”
As scientists question whether the presence, or absence, of antibodies to the novel coronavirus can reliably determine immunity, some are looking to a different component of the immune system, known as T cells, for their role in protecting people in the pandemic.
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Scientists hope to get an answer on whether a vaccine works as early as this October. Developing a Covid-19 vaccine in record time will be tough. Producing enough to end the pandemic will be the biggest medical manufacturing feat in history.