Honduras / 24.07.2021 15:13:19
Honduras conduct trials to establish the effectiveness of give two vaccines different against covid-19 between the first and second doses, reported a source from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH).
The essay will be in charge of the committee of covid-19 of the AN H and the Honduras Red Crossexplained Wendy murillo, an expert in virology from the Honduran state university.
The objective is to analyze the effectiveness of combining the Russian anticovid vaccine Sputnik with Moderna and measure the adverse effects of the mixture, said Murillo, without specifying the date on which the study will begin.
“We have just over 40 thousand people vaccinated with Sputnik, with the first dose, and the second component has not yet arrived in the country, due to this situation we proposed to the Ministry of Health that a study be carried out to analyze the effects that may have another vaccine with Sputnik, “he explained.
The first dose of Sputnik V was applied in Honduras between May 19 and June 15 to 40 thousand people, including journalists and media employees.
About a thousand volunteers will participate in the study who received a dose of the first component of Sputnik V and a preparation of the Moderna vaccine will be applied, explained Murillo.
He also added that the trial arises as a result of data from studies promoted in Europe, which confirm that combining vaccines AstraZeneca with Pfizer enhances cellular immunity, since more antibodies are generated against the coronavirus.
They will analyze side effects
According to some details offered by Murillo, the volunteers will be observed to know if there are side effects and blood tests will be done to establish how the immune system responds.
“We consider that this should be an alternative that must be had in case the second component of Sputnik does not arrive,” the specialist stressed.
The Ministry of Health will provide the entire logistics system for the study and the Honduran Red Cross the necessary equipment to carry out the tests.
The Honduran Minister of Health, Alba Consuelo Flores, affirmed that the country will receive, in at least three weeks, a batch of 40 thousand doses of the second component of the vaccine Sputnik V.
“The Russian Investment Fund made a commitment to send this second component of the Sputnik V vaccine to Honduras within 90 days after the first dose was applied,” Flores explained.
More of 1.4 million people in Honduras have received at least the first dose of the vaccine anticovid and it is expected to vaccinate 6.6 million of the 9.5 million inhabitants.