1 Out Of 7 Volunteers Having Side Effects Of Sputnik V Corona Vaccine

1 Out Of 7 Volunteers Having Side Effects Of Sputnik V Corona Vaccine

One out of seven volunteers complained of side effects after being injected with Sputnik V, Russia’s experimental vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the country’s health minister has said.

Mikhail Murashko, the Russian health minister, said more than 300 out of the announced 40,000 volunteers have been vaccinated with Sputnik V so far, according to the state-run TASS news agency.

“Approximately 14% have small complaints of weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours and an occasional increase in body temperature,” TASS quoted Murashko as saying on Wednesday, according to Moscow Times.

The minister said the symptoms after being injected with the anti-coronavirus vaccine “level off” by the next day. “The complications are described in the instructions and are predictable,” he said, according to TASS.

Volunteers are expected to receive a second shot of the adenovirus-based viral vector vaccine within 21 days of the first.

The Sputnik V has yet to complete large scale clinical trials but was approved by the Russian government last month, becoming the first Covid-19 vaccine to be cleared for human use anywhere in the world.

Scientists have, however, cautioned against the use of any shot that has not passed full safety and efficacy checks.

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