Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) says that the Russian vaccine, which is said to be showing promising results, is not covered by Norwegian agreements.
According to results published in the renowned Lancet Medical Journal, two tests of the Russian-developed vaccine have shown all participants developing antibodies and none developing serious side effects.
– All positive news about vaccines is good news. Norway’s strategy for vaccinating the Norwegian population is in cooperation with the EU. We are currently working on nine agreements, but none of the nine include the Russian vaccine, the Minister of Health said at the government’s press conference on Friday.
– There are many, around 170 if I remember correctly, various vaccine initiatives in the world. We are not part of all of them, but of a selection that will increase the likelihood of our success.
Frode Forland, director of the National Institute of Public Health, told the press conference that the Russian vaccine, which has gone through phase two, and is probably in phase three, must prove that it is safe and effective.
– It is now being tested on a large scale in a group of up to 30 other vaccine candidates. All of these must demonstrate through testing that they are safe and have the potential for being effective. Then there is a large scale trial that will determine whether it is approved as a vaccine or not, he said.
– That the Russians can show us positive data is to be expected and very positive, he continued.
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