President Vladimir Putin of Russia made known on Tuesday that his country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine. The cure, which is reported to have undergone several human testing earns reputation in the city of Moscow as an evidence of its scientific potential.
Nevertheless, report reaching us states that the drug is currently in its final stage of clinical trials for assurance of safety and efficaciousness. In the meantime, some concerns arise as the country lays deep emphasis and expresses a sort of determination in putting Russia’s reputation on the front line from this discovery to the detriment of sound science and the safety of individuals.
Addressing the situation in a televised broadcast during one government meeting, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had already been administered to one of his daughters.
“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and i repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Vladimir. He expressed hope that the country would soon begin to mass-produce the vaccine. On top of this, Ministry of Health for the Russian government’s approval of the drug will mark the beginning of a major trial exercise involving many people. This is usually termed as a ‘Phase III trial’.
Although worldwide regulators of vaccines still insist that aptitude in developing a Covid-19 cure shall not desist human safety. But some recent statistics from several surveys outline an inching distrust in the government’s effort to rapidly produce such a vaccine.
Front line health workers in Russia treating COVID-19 patients will be given the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated soon after the vaccine’s approval – Reuters reports. Meanwhile, at least four (4) of the 100 estimated possible vaccines which are being developed around the world are in Phase III human trials – WHO.
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