Russia First To Approve COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ But People Have Questions
The whole world is under the terror of the coronavirus but Russia seems to have found the answer to the problem. They recently announced the approval of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine called ‘Sputnik V’. This comes as a huge shock as they had begun human trials just a few months ago. But, now without going through Phase III of the human trails they have already approved it and will be beginning mass production. This has led many experts to raise questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
1Russia’s big announcement
President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was the first country in the world to grant the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine. This news came after the vaccine was tested for two months on human subjects. But, many have called into question as to how they were so quick to approve it.
2What did Putin say?
Putin said that the vaccine works and was quite effective against the virus. He also added that it forms a stable immunity. The main shocker came when he announced that one of his daughters was also given the vaccine and she felt well. There is no evidence to back this claim up.
3But why the question?
The reason why questions are being raised is that the vaccine has been approved for civilian use even before clinical trials are completed. This is the reason why people have begun asking questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Russia has been cautioned about rushing through with a vaccine.
4How does the Russian vaccine work?
The Russian vaccine was based on the DNA of a SARS-CoV-2 type adenovirus. This is a very common cold virus. The vaccine uses the weakened virus to deliver small parts of a pathogen and stimulate an immune response. Alexander Ginsburg who is the director of the Gamaleya National Research Centre maintained that the coronavirus particles in the vaccine cannot harm the body as they cannot multiply.
5How did the vaccine trials go?
Phase I human trials began on the 17th of June with 76 volunteers. Most of the volunteers were recruited from the military. They were given to batches of the vaccine. One was injected as a liquid and the other was in the form of a powder.