“Since this prototype [vaccine] hasn’t passed the necessary clinical investigation, it might carry risks,” said Yevgeny Fyodorov, a State Duma deputy and Russian politician. “Recently, Russia has announced that it had invented a vaccine for COVID-19. But this is only its prototype that has not passed all the clinical trials yet.”
Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. The plan is to produce the first batch of the vaccine in two weeks’ time and to commercialize it in January next year.
The Russian vaccine against the novel coronavirus has invited criticism by experts from other countries. As it has not passed all the necessary trials, and more and more doubts are voiced about its safety in the Western countries. Similar concerns are expressed in Russia.
According to Yevgeny Fyodorov, a State Duma deputy and Russian politician, only the prototype of the COVID-19 vaccine has been developed in Russia, and the first volunteers will test it at their own risk.
“Ask any doctor if it is possible to create a vaccine within 5 months,” says Fyodorov. “Any expert will say that it’s impossible. There are technologies developed as a result of medical experience of mankind. They make it possible to produce a vaccine within two years. Development of vaccines involves several stages of checks. Actually, that is why it takes two years. The vaccine is manufactured and trial-tested on a certain group of people, then some corrections are made, and after that it is tested again on a larger group of people.”
According to him, in a few months it is possible to produce only a prototype of a vaccine.
“But since this prototype has not passed the necessary clinical investigation, it might carry risks,” said Fyodorov. “Recently, Russia has announced that it had invented the vaccine. But this is only its prototype that has not passed all the clinical trials yet.”
“It is no coincidence that Vladimir Putin stressed that vaccination would be voluntary,” said Fyodorov. “Therefore, it will be tested on the first people who will be vaccinated. Chances are there will be people who will check the prototype on themselves and die from it making a contribution to the science. After that the vaccine will be corrected and get better. Might be there volunteers who will take the risks? Of course, there are always some volunteers. However, if someone does not want to be “a laboratory rat,” it means that he or she must wait for the full cycle of testing of the prototype vaccine.”