The Hungarian authorities have approved vaccines against the British AstraZeneca and the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus, the Origo news portal reported on Wednesday night.
With these two vaccines, vaccination can be started for the first time in Hungary in the European Union (EU).
The AstraZeneca vaccine in Oxford is already being vaccinated in the UK, but EU pharmaceutical authorities have only set a permit by the end of the month. The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford and the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company, is cheaper and much easier to transport, such as Pfizer and BioNTech, which must be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius during shipment. This, in turn, can also be stored in a simple refrigerator.
Already vaccinated with AstraZeneca 200 million batches were produced by the end of 2020, and the volume has continued to increase since then, it is planned that they will be able to produce up to 200 million doses per month with the permits.
“The vaccine is based on a safe, known method: an adenovirus that infects chimpanzees but is completely harmless to humans, introduces the spike protein that characterizes the coronavirus, which identifies and develops antibodies against it, ”reads the article. AstraZeneca, for example, has already developed another vaccine against malaria based on a chimpanzee adenovirus vector, and it has achieved very good results.
Origo also mentioned that the two manufacturers have been negotiating cooperation since December 8. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Vladimir Putin over the phone last week and asked that the Russian authorities to submit to the EU for approval the Sputnik Act. However, this process can only begin in February.
The basis of Sputnik V is also that the DNA of the protein is introduced into the cells of vaccinated people by a modified adenovirus, and this triggers the immune response. One and a half million people have been vaccinated with it in Russia, it has already been registered in six countries, including Serbia, and nine more countries have indicated they are preparing to do so in January, the portal wrote.
Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.
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