Putin still hasn’t taken the Russian vaccine, months after his daughter...

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that Putin could not get a vaccine that has not yet completed the final phase of testing, although the blow has already been given to some Russian frontline health workers, teachers and several senior officials. outside of clinical trials.

“The president cannot use an uncertified vaccine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a call with reporters. Peskov did not explain the difference between the “certified” and “approved” vaccine, but said: “The mass vaccination has not yet started. And, of course, the head of state cannot participate in the vaccination as a volunteer. It’s impossible. ”

Peskov said the trials should be completed soon and that Putin will inform people of his decision to take the vaccine “if he deems it necessary.”

News that Putin has yet to take the vaccine came the same day the developers of Sputnik V released new information on the vaccine, touting it as effective, cheap and easy to transport.

The Gamaelya Institute, which develops the vaccine, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which funds it, reported more provisional data on the vaccine on Tuesday. In a press release, they said analysis of data obtained 28 days after the first dose and seven days after the second dose suggests that the Sputnik vaccine was 91.4% effective at preventing infections.The statement said the researchers identified 39 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the volunteers – 31 in the placebo group and eight among those who received the vaccine. He added that 18,794 volunteers participated in the study.

Pfizer and Moderna reported similar efficiency rates – 94.5% for Moderna and 95% for Pfizer. However, their claims were based on larger clinical trials. Moderna reported 95 cases of Covid-19 among its volunteers – 90 in the placebo group and 5 in the vaccinated cohort, while Pfizer reported 170 cases – 162 in the placebo group and eight in participants who received the vaccine.

AstraZeneca announced on Monday that its experimental vaccine against the coronavirus had shown an average effectiveness of 70%. He said a total of 131 study participants developed Covid-19 but did not specify how many of those people received the Covid-19 vaccine and how many did not.

In a separate statement, the Gamaelya Institute and RDIF said a dose of the vaccine would cost less than $ 10 in international markets, which they said was “twice or more cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar efficiency levels ”. The two-dose vaccine and vaccination will be free for Russian citizens, the statement added. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

In Tuesday’s statement, Russia also said the Sputnik vaccine can be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius, which is similar to what AstraZeneca said on Monday about its vaccine.

During this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be stored at approximately -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit) during shipment. Moderna said her vaccine could be stored in freezers typically available at drugstores and in a refrigerator for 30 days.

Putin first announced that the Russian vaccine was approved for public use in August, although at that time it had only been tested in several dozen subjects in a non-blind study. The announcement came before the start of Phase 3 trials, which are critical to establishing its safety and effectiveness, and has drawn skepticism from the international community.

“I know it works quite effectively, it forms stable immunity,” Putin said at the time, adding that one of his daughters had already taken the hit – a rare move by the president, who is notoriously secretive about his family. He said she had a slightly higher temperature after each dose, but added “now she feels fine”.

Putin, 68, is part of a high-risk group. Vaccine trials for the first group of volunteers aged 60 and over began on October 28, according to the new Russian state agency TASS.

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