Russia approves trials of combined AstraZeneca/Sputnik V vaccine
Russia has given the green light for clinical trials combining a British shot from AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) and Oxford University with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine to go ahead, according to Russia's state drug register.
According to the state drug register, five Russian clinics will hold trials that are set to finish in early March, 2022.
Both the AstraZeneca/Oxford and Sputnik V vaccines involve two doses - an initial shot and a booster - but Sputnik V uses different viral vectors for its two shots.
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which promotes the use of the Sputnik V vaccine, has welcomed the decision to go ahead with the trials.
"Currently, RDIF is conducting joint clinical trials to combine the first component of Sputnik V - the Sputnik Light vaccine - with vaccines from other foreign manufacturers," it said in a statement.
"In particular, the Sputnik Light vaccine can be used in combination with other vaccine to increase their effectiveness including against new variants appearing as a result of the mutation of the virus."
Human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine combining the AstraZeneca/Oxford shot with Sputnik V had already been approved in Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates, Belarus and Argentina.