Seven months ago the world had to learn to live again, what began as simple news, became a pandemic that invaded the world. 13 million infected and almost 600,000 victims are the result of something that was not really washed away at first. It took months to realize the lethality and danger, and in months it spread across all continents, without regard to color, gender or sexual choice.
The coronavirus pandemic has been scaring the world since the beginning of this year. No one knows when it’s really going to end, and our current reality is more like a science fiction movie.
We’re quarantined, the mask has become a must-have garment, and this virus promises to change even more things in our lives.
What does the future hold?
We are no longer the same as in 2019, and 2020 will definitely go down in history as the year that shook the structures of the planet.
We were not prepared for that change. We were taken by surprise by this highly contagious virus that crossed borders, challenged economic potentials, trapped us inside and many people left for the better after months in hospitals, without being able to take any medication to help their recovery.
And now, after seven months of agony, we have received the news that can ease our daily lives and finally end the quarantine.
Russia is one of the first countries to complete tests with the coronavirus vaccine, and can begin distributing it to its population in mid-August and September.
The Russian vaccine is already the news of the moment.
Russia placed its vaccine as the mass-produced vaccine in September. This means that in September a quantity of vaccine can be manufactured so that it can be distributed around the world. And that’s obviously a very good thing, but the information that’s coming out in the news, it’s contradictory to the step-by-step WHO has been taking on vaccines. In other words, the vaccine from Russia would not yet be ready to come out as soon as it is being said.
That would be bad news, yes, it would be bad news unfortunately. But we can wait for updates in the next few days saying if it will really come out or not in the next few months.
Overall, of the 19 experimental vaccines against Covid-19 in human trials, only two are in final phase 3 trials, one from China’s Sinopharm and one from AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which has part of the tests conducted in Brazil. The Chinese Sinovac Biotech should become the third at the end of this month, also with tests in Brazil.
And why do they think they already have the vaccine ready for final testing?
They have already tested this vaccine on 38 people, and on all of them it has had a good effect.
The first people who were vaccinated were 18 volunteers, who were vaccinated on June 18 and are going to be released now. They were confined in protective quarantine, both for their own protection and for the protection of others. The other 20 people were eventually vaccinated on 23 June.
The first group to receive the vaccine will be released on 15 July, and since this first group met with good approval, a test in the military was then released, which was done as if it were a re-approval, to see if they also approved of the vaccine’s effectiveness. And the tests were carried out on 50 military personnel, where these 10 military personnel are doctors and all of them are under the effect of the vaccine in tests.
Why can’t the vaccine be produced and distributed everywhere yet?
Because there is a step by step security that the WHO itself requires. Because if you simply take a vaccine that has worked on 20 or more people, up ahead you may find that those 20 or more people had something in common, that they were able to use it as a vaccine, but that it is not good for everyone.
So first you need to do a step-by-step testing, and learn to regulate a dosage for a smaller group that is the first step, which even WHO says Russia is in that first step. And then you will follow the four-step step by step.
The first step is where Russia is, which means it is halfway there yet to get that vaccine. And I don’t know how they intend to do that so soon.
Alexandr Gintsburg, director of the Gamalei centre, explained that Moscow State University is preparing a vector vaccine based on the DNA of an adenovirus type SARS-CoV-2.
According to the scientist, the vaccine has already been unofficially tested with the help of volunteers from the centre itself, and all patients are well and developing immunity to the virus.
Russia positioned itself as follows: following the research protocol, volunteers were regularly subjected to cell-mediated antibody and immunity testing. In other words, they followed all the requirements recommended by the WHO.
So from what it looks like the vaccine is getting closer, let’s hope everything is great so that we get out of the pandemic and run logos to the places we love to spend our time.