Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday the Ministry of Health had become the first in the world to approve the widespread use of a coronavirus vaccine. The immunisation will be the first rolled out for public use despite trials only taking place for two months, with the international scientific community voicing their concerns about the vaccine. ITV’s Good Morning Britain contributor Andrew Pierce also cast doubt about the quick fix Moscow has unveiled.
“Remember Novichock in Salisbury, go nowhere near it.”
Baylor College of Medicine scientist Peter Hotez warned failure from the Russians to carry out the necessary tests could “undermine” global efforts to seek a vaccine for the coronavirus,
Dr Hotez said: “That the Russians may be skipping such measures and steps is what worries our community of vaccine scientists.
“If they get it wrong it could undermine the entire global enterprise.”
The Director of the Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Beate Kampmann, however questioned the science, ethics and safety ramifications of the newly-announced vaccine.
Ms Kampmann said: “The announcement today appears to be driven by politics rather than science.
“Having a vaccine tested in the early phases on a total of 38 volunteers, not randomised or placebo-controlled, that is not the international standard to get a vaccine.”
She continued: “It might be a brilliant vaccine in the end.
“But unless it is tested for safety and efficacy, according to those kinds of standards of the data shared we are not in any position to assess whether it can make any kind of contribution to the pandemic.”