RUSSIA: President Putin Uses Daughter As 'Guinea-Pig' To Test First Approved Covid-19 Vaccine
Russian President, Vladimir Putin has revealed aside his government approving of the world's first coronavirus vaccine, he has used his daughter as a 'guinea-pig' to test the drug, despite concerns that the product has not been properly tested.
He said "I know it works quite effectively and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks"
President Putin stated, he is confident, his country will start a mass-production of the vaccine.
Although he did not disclose which of his daughters he used for the trial test, it is emerging that his kid had a slight temperature of 38 degrees centigrade, but has quickly abated.
The Russian health ministry's move to roll out the so-called Gamaleya vaccine, funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), as quickly as possible has raised concerns because it has not yet undergone Phase III trials, which are considered essential to guarantee the safety of a vaccine.
Analysts have suggested that Russia's desire to be seen as a global scientific leader is behind a politically-driven push to distribute a vaccine, with the possibility of corners being cut in the process.
“As far as I know, a vaccine against the coronavirus infection has been registered this morning (in Russia) for the first time in the world,” Putin said according to a translation from state broadcaster RT. “I thank everyone who worked on the vaccine - it’s a very important moment for the whole world."
"I hope our foreign colleagues' work will move as well, and a lot of products will appear on an international market that could be used," Putin said, according to CNN's translation.
Deputy prime minister Tatyana Golikova said Russia would start vaccinating medical staff in August, with plans to roll out the vaccine to the general population starting in 2021.
Russian group the Association of Clinical Trials Organisations (ACTO) this week joined concerned voices, saying a rushed vaccine puts lives at risk.
"This is a Pandora’s Box and we don’t know what will happen to people injected with an unproven vaccine," ACTO executive director Svetlana Zavidova told Bloomberg.
Funders RDIF described such comments as an attempt by Western pharmaceutical companies to quash competition, and vowed that no shortcuts would be taken.
ACTO represents multinational pharma groups that conduct clinical trials in Russia, including some working on their own version of a vaccine for Sars-COV-2.
Source: Business Insider, US