After Sputnik V, Russian Federation grants approval to 2nd COVID-19 vaccine EpiVacCorona

Bottles with Russia's

In mid-August, Russia released the world's first coronavirus vaccine approved for public use, Sputnik V. However, scientists worldwide have cast doubt on the vaccine, as it was registered before the results of phase 3 studies were made available.

A booth displaying a coronavirus vaccine candidate from China National Biotec Group (CNBG), is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), following the Covid-19 outbreak, in Beijing, China September 4, 2020.

In a significant development, Russian Federation announced on Wednesday (October 14) that it has granted regulatory approval to another coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine.

But the company won't have data showing that the vaccine is safe before the third week of November at the earliest. Pfizer and BioNTech have approval from regulators to start recruiting volunteers as young as 12 for vaccine studies. More than 10,000 Apollo employees are undergoing required training and will be stationed at Apollo centers to administer the vaccine. Pfizer said that it may say if the vaccine is effective as soon as this month based on its 40,000 person clinical trial but that it also needs safety data that will not be available until next month. Neither trial participants nor researchers know who has received the vaccine or placebo until the data is ready for review, or unblinded.

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On the other hand, Joe Biden mumbled and bumbled his way through a debate where the moderator never once challenged him".

AstraZeneca Plc has said it could deliver as many as 300 million doses of its experimental vaccine in the United States as early as October but its USA trial has been on hold since September. Earlier this month, the FDA formalised a requirement that the vaccine-makers collect two months of safety data on one-half of trial participants. This would allow the companies to file for an emergency use authorization.

China has already given hundreds of thousands of essential workers at ports, hospitals and other high-risk areas across the country an experimental vaccine, according to officials. Terawan was referring to vaccines developed by China's Sinovac and Sinopharm and Britain's AstraZeneca.

Is U.S. authorization up to President Trump?

Pfizer said that it would likely seek emergency approval for a COVID-19 vaccine in late November, citing recent federal guidance that toughened approval standards for a vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push for a shot by the "special day" of Nov. 3. The U.S. Department of Defense and the CDC plan to start distribution of vaccines within 24 hours of regulatory authorization. The Trump administration can hire and fire HHS officials, opening the possibility of political pressure to approve a vaccine.

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