Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that the country has officially registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, “Sputnik V”.
The world health community, however, is skeptical of the vaccine’s safety. Russia licensed the vaccine after just two months of human testing, and the drug hasn’t passed the final phase of clinical trials as of yet. However, Putin is adamant the vaccine “passed all the needed checks”
- Timeline. Putin says he wants to get the vaccine out to the public ASAP. Industrial production begins next month, and mass inoculations should start in October.
- Pre-Order. According to one Russian official, over 20 countries have ordered more than 1 billion doses of the vaccine.
- Vote of Confidence. Putin says one of his two daughters “took part in the experiment” by getting a vaccine shot, and she is feeling fine.
- Cut the Red Tape. Russia licensed the drug before it cleared Phase-3 trials, which are set to begin on Wednesday. Health officials have been critical of that decision.
- Catch Up. A Russian official told Reuters in response to the criticism, “No corners have been cut” and “Russian science is more advanced in this than many other nations,”
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