In the United Arab Emirates, the second country after Belarus to participate in the program, the results of which are expected before the end of November, human trials will be carried out with the Russian vaccine COVID-19 called Sputnik V, Moscow announced on Monday.
The vaccine, which was first approved for home use by Russian authorities in August, is currently being tested on 40,000 volunteers in Moscow as part of a late-stage study known as Phase III.
The study in the UAE was approved by the Gulf State Ministry of Health and the process is supported by local laboratory provider PureHealth, Russia’s state fund, which is responsible for marketing the vaccine overseas, a statement said in a statement.
“The results of the UAE study will be combined with the results of the study in Russia and other countries,” said Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), in the statement, adding that interim results will be released before the end of November.
The first participant in the study is due to be injected soon. RDIF declined to comment on how many people will receive the sting in the UAE as part of the study or when it will start.
The United Arab Emirates’ health minister said the Gulf State’s high demographic diversity made it a favorable place to conduct a vaccine trial.
“People from more than 200 nations live and work in the UAE,” said Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed al-Owais in the same statement.
Plans to start Phase III trials of Sputnik V in India suffered a setback last week after the Indian Medicines Agency said early-stage studies already conducted in Russia must first be conducted on-site.
Around 2,000 people have already received the first and second components of the Sputnik V vaccine as part of the Moscow study, the RIA news agency quoted the vaccine developer Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute, on Monday.
Russia also plans to start a human experiment in Venezuela in the near future. It has been announced that Brazil will also conduct clinical trials pending regulatory approval.
President Vladimir Putin and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, held a phone call on Monday to discuss the start of the processes in the UAE, the Kremlin said in a statement.
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