Russia laid it on thick, telling that they’ll be the first to approve a Coronavirus vaccine.
Moreover, they are planning to implement mass vaccination as early as October, said an Associated Press report.
The catch is that the vaccines haven’t completed the clinical testings yet.
Russia’s cutting corners, accordingly, could boomerang, and scientists all over the world are raising the alarm.
Less than two months ago, Russia began administering the shots of the experimental Coronavirus vaccine to a few dozen individuals.
However, they haven’t published any scientific findings to justify joining the race to find the vaccine, nor it should be a front-runner.
The Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defense Ministry co-developed the vaccine, as per Live Mint.
Joining the Global Race for COVID-19 Vaccine
Russia will register its first vaccine against COVID-19 on August 12, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said on Friday.
Gridnev gave an interview to reporters, on the opening ceremony of Ufa City’s cancer center building.
At present, the last phase is “underway,” Gridnev said.
The medical trials are “extremely important.”
High-risk groups such as “medical professionals and senior citizens” will be prioritized, Gridnev told reporters, as per a Sputnik News report.
Result of Hacking Western labs?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease specialist, questioned the fast-track approach last week.
Dr. Fauci hopes that China and Russia are “testing a vaccine” before jabbing anyone.
If anyone announces they have “a vaccine ready to distribute,” but not done with trials is “problematic at best,” he said.
This questionable Covid-19 vaccine candidate followed after the U.S., Britain, and Canada accused Russia of hacking.
The Russian hackers allegedly got their hands on the vaccine research from Western labs.
The Loopholes in Trials
Trials on 76 volunteers started June 17.
The first half was injected with a liquid vaccine, and some volunteers were servicemen.
The second half was with a soluble powder vaccine.
Many are concerned that the volunteers from the military were obligated in participating in the trials.
Vasily Vlassov, from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, has expressed doubts about the results reported by the media.
“It’s no coincidence” the trial results among the military men showed “no side effects,” said Vlassov, a public health specialist, as per the Associated Press.
On the other hand, the “other group reported some,” Vlassov added.
Lawrence Gostin, a global public health law expert at Georgetown University, is concerned about the way Russia conducted its medical trials, said the Associated Press.
Gostin feels uneasy that Russia is “cutting corners” and as a result, the vaccine will be “ineffective”, and also “unsafe.”
Some people couldn’t care less about “ethics.”
They’re just after “the vaccine,” added Gostin.