After claiming the first coronavirus vaccine by Russia, a top Russian Health Expert said that Russian coronavirus vaccine is recommended for people aged 18-60 years. The health expert said that for older people more clinical studies are needed which are expected to be done in post-registration clinical trials.
According to Sputnik news agency, Russian Health Ministry’s Scientific Centre for Expert Evaluation of Medicinal Products’ head said, “In Russia, it is customary to certify [vaccines for] children from birth to 18 years old; adults from 18 to 60 years old; and older people — over 60 years old. Clinical studies have now been carried out on a group of volunteers aged from 18 to 60 years old. Thus, this vaccine is now indicated for use in people from 18 to 60 years old.”
On the other hand the director of the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Alexander Ginsburg said that he was given the shot of the vaccine and he felt good. He is in his late sixties.
Earlier, Mikhail Murashko the Russian health minister said that within 2 weeks first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine will be ready. It would be then administered to people including doctors, voluntarily.
“The first packages of the medical vaccine against the coronavirus infection will be received within the next two weeks, primarily for doctors,” he said.
On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin the Russian President announced that Russia became the first country to register COVID-19 vaccine after less than 2 months of human testing.
Putin focussed that the vaccine went through necessary tests and have been efficient in providing immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists worry that use of vaccine before its Phase 3 trials could backfire. Phase 3 trial lasts for months and involve thousands of people.
In a Government meeting on Tuesday, Putin said that the vaccine went through proper testing and is found safe. Putin added that one of his two daughters took part in the vaccination process, and has taken two shots of the vaccine.