February 18 According to a report by the Russian News Agency on the 18th, Gennady Onishenko, former director of the Russian Federation’s Consumer Rights Protection and Public Welfare Supervision Bureau and State Duma MP, explained how Russia developed a “Sputnik-V” coronavirus vaccine at such a speed in an interview with “Evening Moscow”. .
Onisenko said, “Why have we developed and registered a ‘Sputnik-V’ vaccine so fast?” Because the vaccine was developed a few years ago when the MERS virus (Middle East respiratory syndrome) began to spread.
When a new virus emerges, we adjust the vaccine to the new virus, so that the vaccine will have an effect on the new virus.”
“New variations do not affect the virus’s genetic code, so the vaccine works for all new strains,” Onissenko added.
The Russian Ministry of Health registered the coronavirus vaccine “Sputnik-V” in August 2020.
The vaccine is a human adenovirus vector vaccine developed by the Gamalean National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology with the support of the Russian Direct Investment Foundation.
The vaccine is the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine.
According to the authoritative medical journal The Lancet, “Sputnik-V” has a high degree of immunity and safety, with a effectiveness of 91.6%.