By Garth Adams 11/Aug/2020

Russia releases Covid-19 Vaccine for widespread use

Russian President Vladimir Putin last night announced that Russia's Health regulator has approved a Covid-19 vaccine for widespread use. The vaccine, named 'Sputnik 5' is the world's first to be released to the public.

The news has been condemned widely outside of Russia, however, as many claim that the Russian vaccine has not been comprehensively tested. Indeed, in the announcement Putin stated that approval had been given even though phase 3 trials had not been completed.

The Gamaleya National Research Centre developed the vaccine. Pre-clinical and clinical trials have been completed. 

According to the Russian Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko:

"All volunteers developed high titres of COVID-19 antibodies, while none of them had any serious complications or side effects."

Vladimir Putin also noted that one of his daughters has had the vaccination and she is well.

Researchers from other countries were not convinced:

“This is a reckless and foolish decision. Mass vaccination with an improperly tested vaccine is unethical. Any problem with the Russian vaccination campaign would be disastrous both through its negative effects on health, but also because it would further set back the acceptance of vaccines in the population,” Francois Balloux

With many people already suspicious of vaccines and conspiracy theories more popular than ever, a failed vaccine could be more of a setback than no vaccine at all.

 

Garth Adams
Garth Adams

Garth's favourite travel experience was driving USA coast to coast in a 70s station wagon.

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