Russia has now become the first nation in the world to approve a vaccine for COVID-19.
President Vladimir Putin announced the measure on Tuesday, stating that his two adult daughters have already been inoculated with it. Putin went on to state that the vaccine underwent all of the required tests to show its effectiveness.
However, it’s important to note that Russian officials provided no data or other information to actually authenticate his claim. The grant of approval for the vaccine comes after only two months of human testing.
via The Daily Wire:
“A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world this morning. I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity,” Putin said on state TV on Tuesday. “I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks. … We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”
Putin said that his daughter had a 104.4-degree temperature when she had her first vaccine injection. Her temperature dropped to 98.6 degrees the next day, while a second shot brought a slight increase in her temperature, which later dropped, The Associated Press reported.
The vaccine, called Sputnik-V, which is a reference to the 1957 launch of the world’s first satellite by the Soviet Union, was developed by the Gamaleya Institute, which is based in Moscow. Russia’s health ministry said the vaccine can provide coronavirus immunity for up to two years, according to the AP. The inoculations could be available as soon as next month.
Scientists are warning folks not to get too excited because the vaccine never underwent Phase 3 trials. These kind of tests involve thousands of human patients and goes on for a number of months.
Imperial College London immunology Professor Danny Altmann released a statement on Tuesday outlining the dangers of fast tracking a vaccine like this:
“The collateral damage from release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably.”
Well, if the zombie apocalypse does become a reality, we know where to look and who to blame, don’t we?
This is kind of scary and very careless on their part. Putting out a vaccine without long term testing to know if there are possible negative consequences for it is extremely ill-advised.
Russia seems more inspired to outdo the rest of the world than they are to take proper care of their people.
NIH Director Francis Collins has already said it’s a stretch to think we can have a virus out by the end of the year, but also stated it’s a good goal to have.
America has managed to get to Phase 3 testing in record time while not compromising on stringent safety measures, which is a testament to what makes our country so great. We can innovate and rise up to meet almost any challenge.
When liberals aren’t in the way.