The publication of The Sun in which it is specified that the Russian vaccine Sputnik V against the coronavirus would be based on a stolen formula of the vaccine of the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical AstraZeneca should not be taken seriously, due to the nature “very unscientific “from the tabloid, said on Monday the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.
“The Sun Journal is a well-known journal for being very unscientific. This is how we treat his publications, ”Peskov said.
For their part, from the Gamaleya Center, which developed the Russian vaccine, they denied the accusations of The Sun, stressing that such “unethical” attacks undermine global immunization efforts.
Likewise, in their statement, the creators of Sputnik V point out that the Russian vaccine and AstraZeneca are based on different platformswith Sputnik V being a human adenoviral vaccine, while AstraZeneca’s drug uses the chimpanzee adenoviral vector platform. At the same time, they specify that the Gamaleya Center has already had used this same platform successfully in previous research, such as Ebola vaccines in 2017 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2019.
“In addition, the Russian vaccine is unique among all covid-19 vaccines because it uses a heterogeneous impulse (two different vectors, Ad26 and Ad5, for the two doses in order to obtain a more powerful and more lasting immunity) or the mix and match approach, whereas AstraZeneca uses a single vector or twice the same vector ”, reads -on in the press release.
On October 10, tabloid The Sun published an article, in which it cites its own sources, claiming that Russia “Stolen” the AstraZeneca vaccine formula, to later use it for the development of Sputnik V. According to The Sun, the data on the AstraZeneca vaccine was allegedly stolen by a foreign agent and, supposedly, later used for the creation of the Russian vaccine.
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