Moscow (Russia) | Jagran News Desk: At a time when the world is struggling to control the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, caused by SARS‑CoV‑2, Russia is leading the race in developing the first COVID-19 vaccine. 

According to news agency Sputnik, Russia's Sechenov University has successfully conducted all the clinical trials of the vaccine on volunteers and the results of the research have proved the effectiveness of the in-process vaccine. 

The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe. The volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and July 20," Russian news agency TASS quoted Smolyarchuk as saying, who heads the Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University. The volunteers will remain under medical supervision on an out-patient basis after being discharged, she added.

The Sechenov University had started clinical trials of the vaccine produced by Russia's Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18. All the volunteers who took part in the vaccine program are likely to be discharged by July 20.

"Sechenov University has successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world's first vaccine against coronavirus," Tarasov said.

The process for developing the coronavirus vaccine is undergoing under Russia's Ministry of Defence in collaboration with Moscow's Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. The Russian coronavirus vaccine is likely to be registered in August and mass production of the Covid-19 cure will start shortly afterwards.

The Russian coronavirus vaccine, according to Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University, is safe for humans and corresponds to the safety of other vaccines currently available in the market.

"The safety of the vaccine is confirmed. It corresponds to the safety of those vaccines that are currently on the market," the news agency quoted Lukashev as saying.

Work begins on a special vaccine for kids 

Given their needs for a different level of protection, Russia has not started developing a special vaccine for children. According to a report by Russia Today, the head of Russia's health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. Anna Popova said that "there has to be a special vaccine for children, for which special safety requirements must be met."

He said that the work on the special vaccine for kids has just begun and it would be premature to say that the vaccine for children will come in the near future, or this year.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma