Good News: World’s first COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to India from Russia
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In a video doing rounds on YouTube and WhatsApp, an ex-Army person from India claims world’s first COVID-19 Vaccine is coming to India from Russia. The man speaking in Telugu explains the vaccine will be given to everyone in Russia on August 10th. The claims however are mixture of hoax and facts explained here.
About the Claims: COVID-19 Vaccine from Russia to India?
The man speaking in the video is ex-Army person SV. Sai Krishna Reddy, the Physical Director of Sri Sai Defence Academy in Telangana, India. As a matter of fact, he shares the information saying he just heard about it. He says Gamaleya Research Institute in Russia has found the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, calling it good news for Indians and everyone around the world. In the video, Sai Krishna suggests all Russians will go through the vaccination on August 10th, and mentions Russian Health Minister saying so. He goes on to say the COVID-19 vaccine will come to India soon and asks everyone to be thankful to Russia.
Sharing the ‘good news’, he suggests people to get ready working for their future plans as usual, adding life will become normal again after the deadly global pandemic. At the end, he also suggests people to use masks and sanitizers for some more days, as safety measure.
The video became popular through YouTube channel of SRK Entertainments published on 7th August 2020 with a title suggesting Corona vaccine is coming to India. The video also appeared in YouTube channel of Sai Krishna Reddy as good news about COVID-19 vaccine.
As of this writing, Russia is planning to register the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19 on 12th August 2020. Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry jointly developed the vaccine. Russia’s Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said the Phase-3 clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine was underway. He also said senior citizens and medical professionals will be the first to go through the vaccination. Reports from Russia suggest the researchers tested the vaccine on themselves. Likewise, officials say ‘high risk’ people like doctors will go through vaccination in month of August 2020. However, Russian Health Ministry stated experts are reviewing the clinical trial data and other documents of the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, the Ministry said the decision on registration will be made based on its results.
How the COVID-19 Vaccine will Work?
The clinical trials of the vaccine began on 18th June 2020 and included 38 volunteers. Significantly, all the participants in the trial developed immunity. Director of the Gamaleya National Research Centre, Alexander Gintsburg said they developed a vector vaccine based on the DNA of a SARS-CoV-2 type Adenovirus, a common cold virus. The vaccine used inanimate particles created on the basis of Adenovirus. A team of Russian scientists embedded genetic material from Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the harmless carrier virus to deliver small parts of the pathogen into the human body and stimulate an immune response. Alexander Gintsburg said there are no concerns the vaccine can potentially cause harm to a person’s health. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova promised to start ‘industrial production’ of the vaccine in September. In this case, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said mass vaccination may begin as early as October 2020.
On the other hand, World Health Organization and US top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci suggested Russia to follow established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccine. So, only after the vaccine is successfully registered, administered to people, it will be mass produced and may reach India.
Hoax or Fact:
Mixture of Hoax and Facts.