International – Trial combining British and Russian COVID-19 vaccines could begin in February

A clinical trial that will combine AstraZeneca (AZ)/Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine with Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine could begin in February, according to the chairman of Russian pharma R-Pharm.

R-Pharm chairman Alexei Repik told Reuters that human trials of the combined vaccination are expected to start in early February, a month after AZ confirmed that it will explore a combination of its Oxford-partnered vaccine with Sputnik V.

On 11 December 2020, AZ announced « a clinical trial programme to assess the safety and immunogenicity of a combination of AZD1222, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and Sputnik V, developed by Russian Gamaleya Research institute”.

Repik added that the trials are set to be conducted in Azerbaijan, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Belarus, Russia and other locations.

The clinicaltrials.gov database, which lists information from clinical studies from around the world, gives an estimated study start date of 16 March, with participants set to receive a first dose of the AZ/Oxford vaccine followed by the Russian vaccine on day 29 of the study…