After Sputnik V, Russia registers second coronavirus vaccine, announces Putin1 min read . Updated: 14 Oct 2020, 10:29 PM IST
- The Novosibirsk Vektor centre today registered the second Russian vaccine against coronavirus -- EpiVacCorona, says Putin
- The new vaccine triggers an immune response using synthetic virus proteins, while Sputnik V uses adapted adenovirus strains, a virus that causes the common cold
After launching Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in August, President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that Russia has registered its second coronavirus vaccine.
"The Novosibirsk Vektor centre today registered the second Russian vaccine against coronavirus -- EpiVacCorona," Putin said during a video conference with cabinet members, reportted Russian news agency Sputnik.
Earlier, Novosibirsk’s Vector Research Center shared plans to register its vaccine in mid-October.
Last month, the Russian government announced that it completed clinical trials of the second vaccine, developed by Siberia's Vector Institute, the RIA news agency cited Russian consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as saying.
The new vaccine triggers an immune response using synthetic virus proteins, while Sputnik V uses adapted adenovirus strains, a virus that causes the common cold.
Deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said during the conference with Putin that the vaccine showed a "fairly high level of safety".
It will now move onto post-registration trials involving some 40,000 volunteers, she added, AP reported.
Russian officials in recent weeks have recorded a sharp rise in infections and a government tally on Wednesday registered a new record increase in infections, with 14,231 new cases.
Golikova described the virus situation in the country as "controlled" and said no further measures were needed.
On Tuesday deputy health minister Oleg Gridnev raised concerns that 90 percent of Russia's hospital beds set aside to treat coronavirus patients were already occupied.
In Moscow -- the worst-hit city by far -- residents over the age of 65 have been asked to stay at home.
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin last week urged all Muscovites to limit their movements until a vaccine is available for mass distribution.
At the start of the pandemic, Russia imposed sweeping restrictions which were lifted ahead of a vote in June on constitutional amendments which could see Putin stay in power until 2036.
Russia has the fourth-highest virus caseload in the world with a total of 1,340,409 registered infections, and 23,205 deaths.
With inputs from agencie