Wednesday 12 August 2020
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The Russian Minister of Health, Mikhail Murashko, said today, Wednesday, that the Russian anti-corona virus (Covid-19) vaccine will be available to health workers in the coming weeks, one day after Russia announced the registration of a vaccine for the virus, which sparked controversy around the world.
“In the next two weeks, the first batch of Corona virus vaccine packages will be obtained, first for medical workers,” Murashko added, in statements reported by TASS news agency.
Russia recorded the fourth largest death toll from Covid-19 in the world, amounting to more than 900,000.
State-funded scientists have rushed to produce the vaccine in recent months, but Russias announcement on Tuesday of registering the vaccine raised skepticism, while experts warned that clinical trials should have taken place for a longer period.
The vaccine was named “Sputnik” after the first human-made satellite to reach orbit, which was a victory for the Soviet space program over the American opponent in the late 1950s.
And Russias ally, Iran, said on Wednesday that the vaccine “is potentially dangerous.”
“Before all clinical trials are completed, the use of vaccines is like opening Pandoras box – the box of evils – and therefore potentially dangerous,” Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour wrote on Twitter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of his daughters had been vaccinated. The Health Ministry said the vaccine will be available for mass use in October.
Questioning the safety of the vaccine
Dr. Anthony Fauchi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States, expressed serious doubts about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced yesterday that it was registered to treat Corona.
“I hope that the Russians have already and categorically proven that the vaccine is safe and effective .. I seriously doubt that they did,” ABC News quoted Fauchi as saying.
He emphasized that having a vaccine and proving that any vaccine is safe and effective are two different things.
He said that the United States continues to develop a number of vaccines, and added: “If we want to take advantage of the opportunity to harm a lot of people or give them something that does not work, then we can start if we want, next week, to do so. But this is not the way things are going.” .
He added that he had not heard any evidence to convince him that the vaccine was actually ready, calling on Americans to understand that “the announcements made by the Chinese or the Russians that they have a vaccine” are different from the American ones “because we have a way to do things in this country and that is that we care about safety.”