- President Vladimir Putin recently announced that Russia registered the “first” COVID-19 vaccine in the world
- However, some experts are hesitant and worried about the safety of the said vaccine
- Other experts also claimed that Russia skipped the most crucial part or the Phase 3 trials of the vaccine
- Russia announced that it will be starting its Phase 3 trials with 2,000 participants
On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia officially registered the “first” vaccine against the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
However, KAMI learned that some experts are worried about the safety of Russia’s “Sputnik V” vaccine.
In a report by The New York Times (authored by Carl Zimmer), an expert claimed that the said vaccine is “risky” to use immediately.
“I think it’s really scary. It’s really risky,” director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety Daniel Salmon said.
Salmon and other experts claimed that Russia skipped the most important and crucial part of developing a vaccine, the Phase 3 trials, or testing the vaccine in large crowds, which can really tell the effectiveness of the vaccine.
A virologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City even claimed that President Putin was just making a political statement.
“This is all beyond stupid. Putin doesn’t have a vaccine, he’s just making a political statement,” virologist John Moore said.
Day after the announcement of the COVID-19 vaccine, Russia made a website that claimed that Phase 3 will begin the next day, involving 2,000 people from Russia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Brazil.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had been in contact with Russian health authorities to study the safety data review of the vaccine.
"We are in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine," said the United Nations health agency's spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.
"Pre-qualification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all the required safety and efficacy data," he added.
Now that there is still a threat of COVID-19 across the globe, there are more than 160 candidates in making the vaccine.
President Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia officially registered a COVID-19 vaccine. He also mentioned that his own daughter received a shot of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the offer of Russia to include the Philippines in the clinical trials.
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