Russia gears up to launch the first COVID-19 vaccine but it may be too early

There is no doubt that Russia is desperate to be the first country to launch the COVID-19 vaccine. There have been reports that suggest that Russia intends to get the approval for the vaccine in two weeks from now.

Russia’s first potential Covid-19 vaccine will win local regulatory approval in the first half of August and be administered to frontline health workers soon afterward, a development source close to the matter told Reuters.

Even if it comes as a huge development in the progression of the vaccine, the speed at which the Russian health officials are moving is raising concerns. A lot of health experts and media outlets are questioning the integrity of the country of putting the name before the safety of the people. Russian officials told CNN they are working toward a date of August 10 or earlier for approval of the vaccine, which has been created by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute.

It will be approved for public use, with frontline healthcare workers getting it first, they said.”It’s a Sputnik moment,” said Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is financing Russian vaccine research, referring to the successful 1957 launch of the world’s first satellite by the Soviet Union.

“Americans were surprised when they heard Sputnik’s beeping. It’s the same with this vaccine. Russia will have got there first,” he added.

There are a lot of claims that the Russian government wants to indemnify itself as one of the next scientific nations which may lead the facilities to become ignorant of the possible side-effects of the vaccine. The problem with the whole vaccine episode in Russia is that there is very little information for the experts to consider. The Russian authorities are very secretive about the development procedure of the COVID-19 vaccine. Even though most of the countries working on the vaccine are like that, at least the basics for the vaccine are in public knowledge but that is not the case with Russia. This is especially when most of the health and medical experts have said that even when countries are preparing for the vaccine, most of the work is still not done. Approval is a far fetched thought right now.

The world remains doubtful of Russia but the health officials have assured that there is nothing to be worried about. “The Ministry of Health in Russia is following all necessary strict procedures. No corners are being cut,” Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Tuesday.

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