Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that they are the first country to approve the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Tuesday, the president announced that the vaccine they were developing has been shown to offer sustained immunity to the novel coronavirus, which has killed 747,476 people worldwide after 20,820,389 infections.
However, there are skeptics from Western scientists who said the development process is fast and fear that the developers, the Gamaleya Research Institute in coordination with the Russian Defense Ministry, may have made some short cuts due to pressure from the authorities to deliver.
This may be true because the vaccine has not yet passed the third phase of clinical trials, even if it has been announced that it will be effective against the contagious virus.
During a televised video conference with government ministers, President Putin said it was the first time in the world that a vaccine against the new coronavirus has been confirmed in Russia.
He added that he knew it was very effective as it offers sustained immunity. He also said one of his daughters has already been vaccinated.
While his daughter was participating in the experiment, Putin said that after the second injection she showed a slight increase in temperature.
Mr. President made it clear that the most important thing is to ensure the unconditional safety of the use of the vaccine and its future effectiveness.
Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the clinical trials with a thousand participants will be conducted.
Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who is in charge of health issues, said medical workers could soon be vaccinated.
Russian news outlets quoted him as saying there was hope that the vaccine would be ready by September or even late August and that medical workers would be the first category to be vaccinated.
Russia was one of the nations pushing for the swift discovery of the COVID-19 vaccine the world longed for after a series of businesses, activities, and social events stalled for fear of infection.
While it is news that is celebrated by many people around the world, especially if they keep their goal of mass production starting in weeks and millions of doses a month later, they should not sacrifice human health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also advised Russia to go through established guidelines and follow all the steps ideal in the development of the safe COVID-19 vaccine. According to Christian Lindmeier, the agency’s spokesman said the WHO had not even been informed about the use of the vaccine.
Recently, more funds have been allocated to research and discovery of a possible vaccine that may be effective against the coronavirus, and Russia is finishing off with a vector viral vaccine.
It works by using another virus to transport the DNA that codes for the required immune response into the cells. The vaccine used the same technology as CanSino in China when developing its prototype COVID-19 vaccine.
A few months ago, the Gamaleya Institute came under critics after its scientists injected the vaccine prototype. Experts criticized the move as unorthodox and that seemed like a rush of human trials.
Archie Fowler was born and raised in Cleveland. As a Reporter, Archie has contributed to several online publications including City Visitor Publications and Quantum Grafix. In regards to academics, Archie has got a Post Graduation Degree in Department Of Business from Cleveland State University. As a Reporter for Chroniclex Archie Covers World Topics.