Wednesday 12 August 2020
Tehran – (dpa):
On Wednesday, the Iranian Ministry of Health urged caution about the Russian coronavirus vaccine “Sputnik-5”, which has sparked international criticism for not completing the third phase of its clinical trials.
“Before all clinical trials are complete, the use of vaccines is like (opening Pandoras box) – the box of evils – and therefore potentially dangerous,” the spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour wrote on Twitter.
In Greek mythology, the chest opened by the strange Pandora contained all the evils of the world, including disease.
Jahanpour added that countries must remember that the goal of the vaccine should be the safety and health of the population.
Like many countries, Iran has said it is also working to develop a vaccine. Iran has been hit hard by the epidemic, with more than 330,000 infections and 18,800 deaths recorded.
Russias announcement on Tuesday that it was the first country in the world to register a vaccine raised doubts about the speed of regulatory approval, and because Russia had not shared data on large-scale clinical trials.