Putin announces Russian scientist have developed a Cancer Vaccine and it will soon be available to Russian Patients


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Another Sputnik moment for Russia? Putin announces cancer vaccine​

Un a surprise announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed a promising breakthrough in cancer research during a technology forum in Moscow.

Putin said that Russian scientists are on the verge of creating vaccines for cancer. He emphasized that these breakthrough vaccines would soon be accessible to patients, marking a potential turning point in the fight against cancer.

The Russian President's announcement, reported by Reuters, sheds light on the development of what he referred to as "cancer vaccines" and "immunomodulatory drugs of a new generation."

Despite the progress in cancer vaccine development worldwide, challenges persist in the realm of vaccine safety and efficacy.

Russian vaccine will be available to patients soon​

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), existing vaccines against human papillomaviruses (HPV) and hepatitis B (HBV) have been licensed. But for other cancers, there are treatment options but not vaccines.

"I hope that soon they will be effectively used as methods of individual therapy," said Putin.

However, he did not provide specific details regarding the types of cancer targeted by these vaccines or their mechanisms of action.

While Russia's announcement marks a significant step forward, it is part of a global effort to combat cancer. Several countries and pharmaceutical companies are actively engaged in cancer vaccine research.

For instance, the United Kingdom government partnered with Germany-based biotechnology company BioNTech to launch clinical trials to provide personalized cancer treatments to up to 10,000 patients by 2030.

Additionally, companies like Moderna and Merck & Co are advancing experimental cancer vaccines, with promising mid-stage study results showing efficacy in reducing recurrence or death from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Russia's stride in cancer vaccine development follows its notable achievement in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The country developed the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, becoming one of the first nations to do so.

Despite initial skepticism, Russia's vaccine gained international recognition and was distributed to numerous countries. However, within Russia, vaccine hesitancy posed a challenge to widespread vaccination efforts.

President Putin himself took the Sputnik V vaccine to reassure the public of its safety and efficacy, underscoring the importance of vaccination in overcoming public health challenges, reported Reuters.

Cancer, a global cause of death​

Cancer, on the other hand, is a leading global cause of death. It claimed nearly 10 million lives in 2020, with common types including breast, lung, colon, rectum, and prostate cancers.

Cancer emerges through the intricate process of normal cells transitioning into tumor cells, typically advancing from pre-cancerous lesions to malignancy.

Factors such as tobacco use, high body mass index, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and lack of exercise contribute to about one-third of cancer-related deaths.

In low- and lower-middle-income countries, infections like HPV and hepatitis account for roughly 30 percent of cancer cases. Early detection and effective treatment offer hope for many cancer patients, as timely intervention can often lead to a successful cure.