Putin can't take 'uncertified' Sputnik V vaccine

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"This could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic", he said. "At the moment, the data released today on the Sputnik vaccine looks to be the best in the field of the adeno-vectored vaccines", says Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading.

"Evaluation of efficacy was carried out among volunteers (n = 18,794) 28 days after receiving the first dose (seven days after the second dose) of the vaccine or placebo upon reaching the second control point", it said. The post-registration clinical trials began on August 25 and the first batch of the vaccine was dispatched to Russian regions on September 12, according to the TASS report.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said $4.3 billion is needed immediately to support the mass procurement and delivery of vaccines, tests and treatments. From this, is derived the efficacy rate of 91%.

In fact, even an "imperfect vaccine" will also protect a large proportion of people, as per the book.

The newest supply pact comes almost a week after the European Union accepted Moderna's shot, dubbed mRNA-1273, for rolling review based on interim results from a phase 3 study showing 95% efficacy.

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An infectious diseases expert has warned the "virus will fight back" against efforts to secure a COVID-19 vaccination, ensuring that having proven protection against the disease is not the end of the story.

In the same meeting, National Task Force Against the COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. said they are in talks with several vaccine makers for advanced purchases.

They did not note the number of cases used to make the calculation, however.

More than 22,000 volunteers were vaccinated with Sputnik V in Russian Federation with the first dose and more than 19,000 volunteers with the first and second doses.

As a vaccine against the novel coronavirus comes closer to reality, one question that nearly everyone has now is - how much it will cost to get the shot? The analysis was done a week after the second dose was administered.

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Sputnik V will cost less than $20 in worldwide markets for a two-shot course of treatment, making it cheaper than foreign competitors produced by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc., the RDIF said Tuesday.

Financial markets have responded well to preparations for vaccine roll-outs. It is possible for a vaccine's effectiveness to be much lower than its efficacy, according to Mr. Jameel, as the former depended on how effectively the vaccine was transported from a central facility to the furthest corners.

A view of a vial of Russia's experimental Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver coronavirus vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday.

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