The head of the Russian fund that supports the coronavirus vaccine announced that, despite his doubts, he is confident in the project.
In the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, the country announced the news a few weeks after accusing Russian hackers of trying to steal their research on Covid-19. Before Russia completes the regular three-phase test.
Kirill Dmitriev, the vaccine supporter of Sputnik V, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Foundation, said that he was very interested in the scientists who participated in the project and the technology they have honed through long-term research on Ebola. Full of confidence.
“We’re being attacked for not doing it long enough,” he told Fox News. “We’re also being attacked by the lobby of pharma companies and by some politicians. The scientists who understand it know the credibility of our institute is strong because it’s one of the best institutes in the world for vaccines. We may not be strong in some other areas, but in vaccines, Russia is strong.”
Dmitriev said that he and his family, including his parents in the 1970s, also used the vaccine.
He reviewed key moments in the history of Russian science and medicine. The Russian leader Catherine the Great was one of the first people to think of a vaccine. He took a British doctor to St. Petersburg to vaccinate herself and her son with smallpox, which raged across the country in 1768. This is the most advanced method of treatment. Obviously, if something goes wrong, there will be a group of horses on hand. In order to avoid lynching, the doctor must go abroad in spirit.
Dmitriev explained that the new vaccine works on a dual vector system and is administered by two different adenoviruses, which provide a corona protein, produced by the Gamelaya Institute.
The World Health Organization has not received complete information about Russia’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, so it cannot evaluate it. The UN agency WHO said in a statement: “Accelerated vaccine research should be carried out in accordance with established procedures throughout the development process to ensure that any vaccines that are ultimately produced are safe and effective.” “The World Health Organization is working with Russian scientists. Keep in touch with the authorities and look forward to reviewing the details of the trial.”
The UK-based Science Media Center issued a response to several professors’ statements to Russia. Many people expressed concern about the lack of transparency in this process, and the Russians expressed haste.
Dmitriev said that the vaccine has gone through the first and second stages of the standard three stages, but some people question whether they have really gone that far.
The third phase will last for several months and will usually test for side effects and the effectiveness of the vaccine against the widest sample.
Danny Altman, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, wrote: “The collateral damage caused by the release of any vaccine is not safe and effective enough, which will inevitably exacerbate our current problems. …We are all together.”
Dr. Ohid Yaqub of the University of Sussex wrote about the concept of “vaccine nationalism”:
“I would hope other countries are not drawn in to such pork-barrel nationalism….decision making should be published, open to scrutiny and free from flag waving. We should resist allowing vaccine development to be used as a measure of national scientific prowess.”
Sputnik was the world’s first satellite launched into orbit and set off a space race.
No doubt Putin would like to save the world from COVID-19. He wouldn’t be the only one.
Dmitriev insisted Russia wants to work together on cures and treatments with other countries.
“We believe we should have a political ceasefire about coronavirus, about vaccines. We are humans after all,” he said. “We are humans first and citizens of our countries second.”
Russia has seen more than 900,000 cases and over 15,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.