07 April 2021

Hammer, Sword and Dagger

A scientist from Vector compared Russian vaccines with different weapons


Russian COVID-19 vaccines Look like Different Weapons: they have a multidirectional effect, but they all kill the virus. This was announced on April 6 by the head of the Yekaterinburg Research Institute of Viral Infections "Vector", Doctor of Biological Sciences Alexander Semenov in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

"It's like different weapons, different projectiles, but all of them are ultimately detrimental to the coronavirus. And I consider it a great achievement of our science that in a very short time we have created multidirectional vaccines," he said.

The scientist explained that Sputnik V is a vector vaccine, EpiVacCorona is a peptide vaccine, and KoviVak is an all–viral vaccine. Thus, all three drugs have different directions, but this allows you to effectively select a vaccine in each individual case, taking into account the age, characteristics of the body and the presence of diseases in the patient.

"The whole–virion vaccine acts like a powerful hammer, – once, and a wet spot was left of the virus; vector, like a sword, - chopped, and the head from the shoulders. Well, a peptide is about the same as hitting a virus with a sharp dagger in the heart," Semenov noted.

He added that at the moment Russian scientists are investigating the experience of using vaccines of different directions, but at some point the drug will be used seasonally. According to Semenov, this may happen in two or three years. Then the vaccination against COVID-19 will need to be done about once a year.

In early April, Alexander Ginzburg, director of the Gamalei Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Ministry of Health, said that at the end of this year, trials of an antibody-based COVID-19 drug will begin. He noted that the second and third stages of clinical trials will be completed by mid-2022. According to him, the developers are aimed at creating an economically affordable drug.

At the moment, three vaccines are officially registered in Russia: Sputnik V, KoviVak and EpiVacCorona.

Sputnik V is a development by specialists of the Gamaleya Center, the first coronavirus vaccine in Russia and the world. It was registered on August 11, 2020. According to research, the vaccine has shown high efficacy and safety.

On October 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration in the country of the second vaccine from COVID-19 – the drug of the Vector center "EpiVacCorona".

The registration of the third Russian coronavirus vaccine, KoviVak, was announced by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in February 2021.

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