Concerns are looming over Russia’s announcement, that it has registered a vaccine which its President, Vladimir Putin said will offer “sustainable immunity” against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Putin announced Russia was the first country to register a vaccine of its kind noting it had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it.
The vaccine which was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute in Moscow is said to be registered with the Russian Health Ministry and approved for emergency use only.
But there are concerns the roll out could go beyond emergency use.
In addition to that, experts have raised concerns about the speed of Russia’s work, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners in the “race to find a vaccine” for COVID-19.
They warn that while speed is important, “ensuring a vaccine is effective and safe is much more critical,” according to a report from The Conversation.com. The experts have also asserted that consequences of doling out a potentially unsafe and ineffective vaccine could be wide-reaching.
The Russian President said the locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans.
Officials have said they plan to start mass vaccination in October.