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No Consensus in Russia Sputnik V

Monday 17 August 2020

MOSCOW (TASS) — There is no consensus of opinion among experts about reliability of safety and efficiency tests of Russia’s newly-registered anti-coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

Thus, Tatiana Kusaiko, a deputy chairman of the social policy committee of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house and holder of the title of Russia’s Honoured Doctor, told a news conference on Monday the vaccine trials that had already been done were quite enough. She said:

Sputnik V is based on a well-known platform, so the five months of research are enough for its use.

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We should trust our researchers who have a 20-year experience of work and such research. We see how effective the anti-Ebola vaccine [based on the same platform as Sputnik V – TASS] is.

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Frankly speaking, I would have got inoculated if I had such a possibility.

Meanwhile, Svetlana Zavidova, executive director of the Association of Organizations for Clinical Tests, said she doubted that the existing tests were enough for the vaccine’s mass use. She said:

Regrettably, the history of vaccine development knows episodes, quite high-profile ones, when a poorly-tested vaccine was used to cause serious immunobiological reactions provoking a disease.

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I hope it is not the case with this vaccine. But it is a factor of danger. There is a factor of efficiency, which was not seriously studied for this vaccine. It is impossible to prove the vaccine efficiency on 38 patients in principle.

Meduza, a Russian-language Internet news outlet, said on August 10 that the Association had called on the Russian health ministry to postpone the registration of the vaccine developed by the Gamalei National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology, now known as Sputnik V. However, the vaccine was registered on August 11 to be the world’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that criticism about the vaccine stemmed from tough competition on the pharmaceutical market.


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