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Five prototype COVID-19 vaccines created in Russia

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russian scientists have developed five prototypes of the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, while work to create a vaccine is underway in several countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

Russia, which is seeking to develop a vaccine against the COVID-2019 coronavirus, already has five prototypes, said Wednesday, February 26, Tatiana Golikova, Russian Deputy Prime Minister.

“We got a strain. A state science center and a world-class genetics center, which received this status last year, are working simultaneously to get a vaccine. The Vektor center [in Novosibirsk, editor’s note] has developed five prototype vaccines. This is an initial stage of the work, but our colleagues are taking care of it,” said Ms Golikova to the journalists.

– Work on the vaccine –

Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui said in February that China had developed a vaccine that appeared to be working . According to the diplomat, there are also drugs that can treat the new coronavirus, including “chloroquine phosphate that has been used for several decades against malaria”.

The New China agency announced in mid-February that a university in Shanghai had launched tests on mice.

The French pharmaceutical group Sanofi, the American companies Moderna Therapeutics, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and the laboratory Novavax have also embarked on the race for vaccines.

In London, researchers at Imperial College tested a vaccine on mice, media reports said. The University of Queensland is also doing research in this area.

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced in early February that the first vaccines against the new coronavirus could be ready in 18 months.

The number of people who have caught the COVID-19 coronavirus in 33 countries has reached 80,988 people, Hans Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, announced on Wednesday 26 February.

The 18th case was confirmed in France where 12 patients have recovered, four are hospitalized and two died , said Health Minister Olivier Véran.

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