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The scientific community has slammed Vladimir Putin after announcing via a video that Russia has approved the world’s first Coronavirus vaccine.
Russia is set to start a mass vaccination campaign in October, but the scientists have described the move as “reckless and foolish”.
One of the condemnation is that the jab is yet to pass clinical trials, arguing that the move would be “unethical” as an improperly tested vaccine could be disastrous on the population.
The Russian President insisted the vaccine offers “sustainable immunity” and that his daughter has already been inoculated.
The World Health Organization for the vaccine has not approved the vaccine, named Sputnik V after the former Soviet space satellites.
The treatment is still in Phase II. Phase III which measure the effectiveness is yet to go through.
Despite the scepticism of the vaccine, Russia claims 20 countries have already placed a billion doses’ order. Among the countries who have ordered a million dose are: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Saudi Arabia, India and Brazil.
Mikhail Murashko, Russia Health Minister said the vaccine will provide two years of immunity.
The Russian President insisted the jab has passed through all necessary tests’, however, scientists disagree, warning that there is no data made available for the international research community to scrutinize.
Putin said “I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests. The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.”
He claims one of his two daughters had taken part in the experiment, adding that on the first day of the vaccine, she had a 38C temperature but dropped to 37C the following day.
He noted that the daughter had a slight increase after the second injection was administered but dropped later as well.
The President claimed the daughter is ‘feeling well’ now and having a ‘high number of antibodies’
Biologist Professor Francois Balloux from University College London said “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.”