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Vector Center confirms efficacy of Russian coronavirus vaccines against British strain

Both Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona proved effective, according to the study

MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Experts of the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology have confirmed the efficacy of Russian anti-coronavirus vaccines Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona against the virus’ British strain, Russia’s sanitary watchdog said on Tuesday.

"A comparative study conducted by the Vector Center demonstrated Sputnik V's and EpiVacCorona’s efficacy against the British variant of the coronavirus. The protective effect was demonstrated in neutralization reactions with the use of serum from people inoculated with the Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines, which contain antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus," it said.

According to the watchdog, serum from vaccinated people neutralized the British strain as well the 'regular' strain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier asked the government to analyze the efficacy of Russian vaccines against new strains of the coronavirus.