Gist: 1st Covid-19 Vaccine approved - Putin's Russia approves vaccines for use  (Read 285 times)

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MOSCOW -- Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism and unease because the shots have only been studied in dozens of people.

President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry's approval and said one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated. He said the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and was shown to provide lasting immunity to the coronavirus, although Russian authorities have offered no proof to back up claims of safety or effectiveness.

"I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity," Putin said. "We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/scientists-uneasy-as-russia-approves-first-coronavirus-vaccine-1.5059182

However, scientists in Russia and other countries sounded an alarm, saying that rushing to offer the vaccine before final-stage testing could backfire. What's called a Phase 3 trial -- which involves tens of thousands of people and can take months -- is the only way to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and really works.


 

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