According to Dr. Vasily Vlasov, vaccines can damage people’s health and even lead to epidemics after their administering. Therefore, a thorough clinical investigation is required.
In Russia, the start of mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus is scheduled for October. As reported by the Ministry of Health, vaccination will be voluntary. According to Vasily Vlasov, a doctor of medicine and professor at the Higher School of Economics, the Health Ministry is trying to release the vaccine too hastily.
Dr. Vlasov said in an interview with mass media that vaccines might damage people’s health and even lead to epidemics after their administering. Therefore, a thorough clinical investigation is required.
The expert stressed his conviction that since it is necessary to conduct all the three phases of the clinical trials, no one can promise that the vaccine against COVID-19 will be commissioned for use before 2021.
Apparently, in an attempt to get ahead of all other countries, the Russian Health Ministry is trying to “skip” the third phase of the vaccine's trials, Vlasov said. In his view, Russia is going to permit the use of the vaccine based on trials of the second phase, which detect antibodies that might block spreading of the coronavirus infection.
“Yet I’d like to stress right away that the fact they “might block” it doesn’t actually mean that they do so,” said Vlasov. “If permission for mass vaccination is given only on the basis of the second phase investigation, it will be a crime against the people of Russia.”