COVID-19 Good News: Head Of Gamaleya Institute Gives Major Update On The Vaccine

Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, dropped a piece of good news about COVID-19 vaccine. Read on to know more.

ZEE5 Web Desk

October 29, 2020

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It’s been more than seven months since the country is grappling with the Coronavirus pandemic. It was in March when the nation-wide lockdown was imposed. There have been various discussions and reports related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, there’s good news for the citizens of India. While all the countries are struggling to get a successful vaccine, the latest inputs from Russia states that there have been no side effects on the people who took the vaccine. As of now, 50% of the people have shown no side effects.

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As per a report by The Moscow Times, around 85% of Russian volunteers who received the Coronavirus Sputnik V vaccine report no side effects, according to the developer of the adenovirus-based shot. This news has been updated by the head of Gamaleya, Alexander, and the developers of the vaccine. More so, the report added that the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology became the first in the world to register a Covid-19 vaccine in August before final clinical trials began the following month. The double-blind trial for Sputnik V’s long-term safety and effectiveness involves 40,000 volunteers, 10,000 of whom are expected to receive a placebo.

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Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, told Rossia 24 that Sputnik V’s side effects include a fever of 38 degrees Celsius, headaches and muscle pain. He added that such side effects are observed in approximately 15% of the vaccinated people. Backing his claims, Alexander also mentioned that it’s not difficult to understand that 85% of vaccinated people experience no side effects or any inconvenience.

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The same above report mentioned that Russia confirmed 17,717 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing its official number of cases to 1,581,693 and setting a new one-day record for infections. A record of 366 people has died in the past 24 hours. According to the latest figures put out by the Union Health Ministry, on October 29, India passed eight million coronavirus cases.

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