Russia becomes the world’s first country to grant regulatory approval to Covid-19 vaccine. Russian President Vladimir Putin also claimed that his daughter has been given a shot of the vaccine.
Moscow has hailed its scientific prowess by completing the Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing. The speed of approval has raised concerns among few experts.
Though, the vaccine is yet to undergo final stages of clinical trials; Russian business conglomerate Sistema has claimed the vaccine will be put into mass production by the end of this year. The vaccine will be marketed under the name Sputnik V, after the Soviet satellite.
Earlier, Pune’s Serum Institute of India (SII) was given the green light for conducting the Phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine in India. The vaccine has been prepared by Oxford University in collaboration with AstraZeneca.
Experts are concerned about the lack of human trials and cited various safety concerns. As a standard procedure, vaccines have to undergo Phase 3 trials before they can be regulatory approved. The Phase 3 trial normally involves testing thousands of participants.
There exists little clarity about how the vaccine is made and details on safety, immune response and whether it can prevent Covid-19 infection, news agency Reuters reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the vaccine offers stable immunity against Covid-19. He has also emphasized that the vaccine has undergone necessary tests.
Russian health authorities are working with WHO for a prequalification of its Covid-19 vaccine.
The prequalification process consists of a transparent, scientifically sound assessment, which includes dossier review, consistency testing or performance evaluation and site visits to manufacturers.
It will be a big political breakthrough for Russia, if the vaccine does get approved by WHO. It will also provide the world great relief and major breakthrough in the fight against Covid-19.
Earlier, US President trump had accused WHO of mishandling the situation during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. He also accused them of being ‘a puppet of China’.