RUSSIA - Covid-19 Vaccine 92% Effective

Arno Froese

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, the country’s sovereign wealth fund said, as Moscow rushes to keep pace with Western drugmakers in the race for a shot.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has been backing Sputnik V’s development, said the Russian trial would continue for six months.

Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya Institute which developed the vaccine, said the interim results demonstrated that Sputnik V was effective and mass vaccinations would be rolled out in Russia.

Successful vaccines are seen as crucial to restoring daily life around the world by helping end the pandemic that has killed more than 1.26 million people, shuttered businesses and put millions out of work.

The results are based on data from the first 16,000 trial participants to receive both shots of the two-dose vaccine.

“We are showing, based on the data, that we have a very effective vaccine,” said RDIF head Kirill Dmitriev, adding that it was the sort of news that the vaccine’s developers would talk about one day with their grandchildren.

The so-called Phase III trial of the shot is taking place in 29 clinics across Moscow and will involve 40,000 volunteers in total, with a quarter receiving a placebo shot.

The chances of contracting COVID-19 were 92% lower among people vaccinated with Sputnik V than those who received the placebo, the RDIF said.

As Moscow seeks partners abroad to boost output, China’s Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding announced a deal soon after the results were released to make, sell and test the shot in China.

Russia registered the vaccine for public use in August, the first country to do so, ahead of the start of the large-scale trial in September.

The vaccine is designed to trigger a response from two shots administered 21 days apart, each based on different viral vectors that normally cause the common cold: human adenoviruses Ad5 and Ad26.

Russia is also testing a different vaccine, produced by the Vector Institute in Siberia, and is on the cusp of registering a third, Putin said, adding that all of the country’s vaccines were effective.

RDIF said no serious side effects had been reported during the Sputnik V Phase III trial.

-www.reuters.com, 11 November 2020

Arno's commentary

The Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine announcement follows on the heels of Germany’s BioNTech announcement of a 90% effective vaccine. 

Will there be a 100% effective vaccine against coronavirus? The answer can be gathered from comparing previous pandemics and their developed vaccines.

What we do know is that Covid-19 will be with us for some time to come. That’s one thing. The other is: the world has come a little closer, despite the often extreme diversity of opinions and actions. 

This is part of the progressive fulfillment of Bible prophecy, or “progressive globalism.”

An interesting statement is made in Isaiah 49:22: “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.” Gentiles is a collective name for non-Jews. They indeed have contributed to the Jewish people returning to the land of their heritage: Eretz Israel.

It began in 1882-1903, which is called the first Aliyah, when many Jews immigrated mainly from Russia. This was followed by the second, third, and the fourth Aliyah. While the largest group came from Eastern Europe, most of the Jews residing in Islamic and Arab countries also returned to the land of their fathers. There is virtually no country from which Jews did not migrate to the Promised Land. Thus, we may say the whole world witnessed the movement of the Jews back to the land of their fathers. Here we are reminded of Luke 2:1: “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.” That movement is still in process today.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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