Russian scientists decided to test the created vaccine on themselves and say that it works, but there are no negative effects.
Russian scientists claim to have created and successfully tested the coronavirus vaccine in humans, Interfax writes on Friday, May 22. The vaccine was reportedly tested by employees of the NF Gamalei National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Ministry of Health
“As for the developers – yes, they are not so much testing themselves as defending themselves, so that in the event of a pandemic they could continue to develop (…) Everyone involved in the development, respectively, are all protected,” the director of the center said Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Gunzburg.
According to him, there were no side effects from the drug.
He did not specify the number of colleagues who introduced the vaccine, however, according to him, this is a wide circle of employees of the center – developers, organizers of preclinical studies, and technologists.
Gunzburg explained that we are talking about a promising vector vaccine SICEM based on adenovirus DNA, in which the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus gene is integrated. Adenovirus is used as a “container” to deliver the coronavirus gene to the cells, start the synthesis of the envelope proteins of the new coronavirus (the very “corona” due to which the coronavirus got its name) and thereby “introduce” the immune system to a potential enemy. Vaccines of this type are called a vector.
Previously, a successful trial of a vaccine from COVID-19 in humans was announced in the United States.