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Health officials call on Russia to release data on the safety of its vaccine

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According to Newsweek, health officials around the world are calling on Russia to release data on the safety of its vaccine. ~

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a Russian vaccine, called Sputnik V, for COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 11 (CNN). Developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, no public data has been released on the safety or immunity afforded by the vaccine, making it difficult for scientists and health officials to verify its effectiveness. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has said that the vaccine had “proven to be highly effective and safe”, calling it a big step towards “humankind’s victory” over the pandemic, but other health officials around the world are skeptical (Newsweek). ~

If Russian President Vladimir Putin has found an effective COVID-19 vaccine, then the data showing its safety and effectiveness should be released, the head of GAVI – a public-private global health partnership that aims to increase access to immunization in poor countries – says. In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with Newsweek International, Dr. Seth Berkley said that he had yet to see any efficacy data showing that President Putin had a safe vaccine, saying: “We don’t have public, published information on efficacy or safety of this product.” He also claimed that “It may be that there’s some data we don’t know about but in general what’s very important is that vaccines go through a well-oiled and recognized process for evaluation and safety and ultimately registration” and “My understanding from the media is that they [Russia] are starting an efficacy trial now so it hasn’t been through an efficacy trial and normally that would not allow a stringent regulatory authority to approve it.” ~

Although the recent backlash, President Putin reassures the world that the vaccine is safe. The President even claimed that his daughter had been treated with it after it had passed all the necessary safety checks. He said: “After the first injection her temperature was 38 degrees [Celsius], the next day 37.5, and that was it. After the second injection, her temperature went up slightly, then back to normal.” ~

ARTICLE: KYLE SMITH

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