First Covid-19 Vaccine; Russia Brushes Aside The International Criticism

Russia rejects all the global criticism, and concerns about the safety of the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine. The health authorities have announced they are going to start mass inoculation this month before clinical testing is completed. Another source stated that the vaccine will be available to the wider population this year most probably from October.

Naming the Vaccination

The country, in a nod to Cold War rivalry, names the vaccine Sputnik V, heeding back to the Soviet Union’s success in launching the world’s first satellite into space in 1957.

On Who, The Initial Trials Of The Vaccine Will Be Made?

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said in a briefing on Wednesday “Our Western colleagues, who can sense the competitive advantage of the Russian drug, are trying to express their opinions, which are entirely unjustified, and baseless in our view”. He added that this vaccine is a platform that had already been well-known and studied broadly,” he stated that other countries have developed the antidotes under accelerated testing systems. On a voluntary basis, the authorities are planning to give a vaccination to medical workers and other risk groups within two weeks. In October, the vaccine will be produced on a commercial basis, Mr. Murashko, the health minister said.

The Global Race To Develop Protection Against The Coronavirus Pandemic

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared on Tuesday that Russia has cleared the vaccine for use as a propaganda coup for the Kremlin amid a global race to develop protection against the coronavirus pandemic. They deny the accusations that Russian hackers have sought to steal international drug research for Coronavirus. It impelled misgivings, and doubts in other countries as well.

The Vaccine is Undergoing Phase Three Trial

Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, the Defense Ministry, and the sovereign Russian Direct Investment Fund are developing the Vaccine search. The institutes officially said that the drug is now undertaking the trial of the third phase, while the final stage of the testing during which thousands of people will be vaccinated to determine its fitness for general use. Even though the Russian health ministries are claiming to reach Phase 3 trials, yet a World Health Organization database lists the vaccine is still only in Phase 1 testing at the very earliest stage. Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) says, ‘they will soon be able to produce more than 500 million doses a year and supply in five countries. They claim to have at least 20 countries interested in getting supplies.

Domestic Criticism, and Concerns

According to the Interfax news service reports, the WHO officially stated that Russia is seeking for prequalification of its vaccine drug that will require a detailed review of data from clinical trials. The officials of (WHO) are waiting for Russia to provide the complete information, and search data, the Interfax reported.

The speed with which the drug has received regulatory approval has also created domestic criticism, as a Russian association of multinational pharmaceutical companies calls the rushed registration a fatal risk.

In a Wednesday briefing a Health Ministry official, Sergei Glagolev, said

“The risk from the vaccination is much lower than the risk from contact with the coronavirus and the consequences of catching its infection”.

Some Views, And Concerns From The Authorities Of Other Countries

According to German Health Minister Jens Spahn, he’s “very skeptical” about Russia’s vaccine. He said it in a radio interview on Wednesday and added that it could be unsafe, and dangerous. “It’s not about being the first, it’s about having a tested, effective and therefore safe vaccine,” Minister Spahn told DLF radio.

“There is undoubtedly no way of knowing” but if the virus is secure, and that it was “very, very unusual” that Russia had shared no printed knowledge round its preliminary scientific trials. These are the words uttered by Danny Altmann, professor of Immunology at Imperial College London. “The phase 3 test is where you are going to establish in thousands of people (taking part), whether something is effective, and safe and the drug seems to have been through one of the smallest of all of the phase 2 tests of all of the dozens of vaccines being discussed around the world. So don’t actually get any clue at the moment whether it’s protective, or safe” Danny Altmann shared his official views.

The White House coronavirus advisor, Mr. Anthony Fauci stated on Tuesday that he expects “the Russians have actually once and for all proven that the vaccine has been found sharply effective, and safe”. He added, “I seriously feel doubted that they’ve done that at last.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Studies at Johns Hopkins University, claims the information as “really scary. It’s really risky” and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the previous U.S. (FDA) Food and Drug Administration commissioner, stated in a press briefing on Tuesday that he would “certainly not” take it outdoors of a scientific trial the place sufferers are attentively observed.

Russia’s View Point About the Vaccine

Russia denied the blame that it’s a part of an “arms race” to develop a vaccine drug, saying it needs to cooperate with multiple nations. The nation’s race to develop a vaccine exposes the aggressive hint to combat the pandemic. Accusations have come from the USA, Canada, and the UK, that Russia has tried to “steal” coronavirus vaccine analysis data. Moscow denies the accusation. The title of the vaccine, Sputnik V, provides a nod to the world’s first satellite that was launched throughout the Cold War area race by Russia in 1957.

How Much Russia Is Affected By The Pandemic?

The pandemic disease has killed nearly 750,000 people and infected more than 20 million. The pandemic has also crippled the economies of a number of nations severely. Several companies including Moderna Inc., and AstraZeneca Plc are still making final-stage trials of their vaccines in studies, which are expected to soon produce the results.

Russia has the fourth-highest variety of confirmed coronavirus instances on the planet, with over 900,000 instances as of Wednesday.  The official dying toll stands at 15,260.