The state research center for Virology and biotechnology “Vector” plans to conduct preclinical trials of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccine until June 22, and on June 29 — on 180 volunteers. This was announced on Tuesday, April 7, by the organization’s CEO Rinat Maksyutov at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Currently, tests are being conducted on laboratory animals: mice, rabbits, ferrets and lower primates in order to determine a promising prototype of the vaccine by April 30. Then, until may 10, we will work out the technology for obtaining a ready-made dosage form, get a series of vaccines for preclinical research. We propose to conduct pre-clinical studies of the effectiveness and safety of vaccines in a minimum volume until June 22. And with three vaccines to go to the first phase of clinical trials on June 29, a total of 180 volunteers”, – said Maksyutov.
The expert stressed that technological platforms for vaccines tested on humans will allow Vector to quickly move from animal research, which is currently underway, to research on volunteers.
Earlier on April 7, it was reported that a vaccine for a new type of coronavirus, developed by the Saint Petersburg research Institute of vaccines and serums of the Federal medical and biological Agency (FMBA), was included in the list of promising vaccines of the world health organization (WHO).
On April 4, Vector reported that human trials of the vaccine would begin in June. 60 volunteers will take part in the experiment.
In March, scientists were able to sequence the complete genome of the coronavirus. The first images of the SARS-CoV-2 virus under a microscope were shown in the Vector laboratory.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began at the end of December last year. The focus of infection was the Chinese city of Wuhan. In a few months, the disease has spread to more than 190 countries around the world. On March 11, who declared a coronavirus pandemic.
According to the international statistical office Worldometer on April 7, the number of cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus in the world reached 1,378,676, while 78,110 people died, 294,355 people were discharged from hospitals.