Gunzburg: work on creating a vaccine against the omicron strain will take no more than 10 days
Experimental work on creating a vaccine against a new strain of coronavirus infection the omicron will take no more than ten days. Director of the Gamaleya Center Alexander Gintsburg spoke about this on the air of the Russia-24 TV channel.
“I think that the very experimental work on obtaining a new vaccine preparation will take no more than 10 days. The rest is occupied by regulation, that is, licensing procedures and proof that the vaccine is safe and immunogenic, ”said Gunzburg.
According to the doctor, the approval of the new vaccine by the Ministry of Health may take another month and a half, if the department takes into account emergency conditions.
“This usually takes two to two and a half months. If, accordingly, there is an emergency situation that now exists, and the Ministry of Health will tighten up all regulatory and licensing procedures, then I think that it is possible to keep within 45-50 days at most, “Gintsburg explained.
Previously, the former chief sanitary Russian doctor Gennady Onishchenko assessed the ability of the omicron strain of coronavirus to withstand existing vaccines. He is confident that the omicron is more contagious than its previous versions, but the vaccine against it works for sure.