The Guyana Government has been in talks with the Russian Government through its embassy here, to acquire the COVID-19 Vaccine, Sputnik V, set to go through Phase Three trials in Russia. This disclosure was made by Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony today.
“They have expressed a desire that if Guyana so wishes, that we will be able to get some of these vaccines…From next Thursday, part of the Ministry’s technical team would be engaged with the Russian Government in a teleconference to learn more about this particular vaccine,” the Minister said.
The medical journal Lancet on Friday pointed out that in Phase 1 and 2 studies of the vaccine, all 76 study participants developed resistance to the virus.
CNN reported today while scentific commentators say that results are a positive sign, only larger Phase 3 trials can confirm whether the vaccine actually prevents illness with Covid-19.
“The data on the Russian vaccine studies reported in The Lancet are encouraging,” said Brendan Wren, professor of microbial pathogenesis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was quoted as saying.
In the study, half of the participants developed fevers and 42% developed headaches. In addition, about 28% experienced weakness and 24% had joint pain.