Russia Approves Testing Combination Of Sputnik And AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccines

Russia Approves Testing Combination Of Sputnik And AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccines

The Russian-developed jab will be mixed with the British-Swedish shot in a small study, according to the country's registry of approved clinical trials.

Andrew H. Sweet

The research, which is set to end in March 2022, will enroll 150 volunteers and look at how a combination of the two vaccines triggers an immune response. The study will be conducted in five medical facilities in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The developers of Sputnik V proposed combining the shots to AstraZeneca in November, suggesting it could increase the effectiveness of the British vaccine. AstraZeneca also announced a study to test the combination in December.

Both vaccines use similar technology, employing a harmless virus to deliver genetic material from the spike protein of COVID-19 into the body, which then prompts an immune response.

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