Canada Cosmonauts do not want the Russian vaccine against Covid-19

19:37  24 september  2020
19:37  24 september  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Le commandant de bord Sergueï Ryjikov. © Andrey SHELEPIN / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos / AFP Captain Sergei Ryzhikov.

Russian cosmonauts who are due to take off on October 14 to the International Space Station (ISS) said Thursday they did not want the vaccine touted by Moscow as a cure for Covid-19, for lack of established reliability.

"Me, personally, I would say that I will not be vaccinated, because I am very careful with regard to this question", affirmed, masked, during a press conference in the City of the Stars the captain Sergei Ryzhikov.

"Cosmonauts are not free to make decisions concerning their health themselves, it is the doctors who make the decisions on vaccination", explained for his part the onboard engineer of the future crew, Sergei Koud- Svertchkov.

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"The ISS is currently the safest place on the planet"

"The decision to recommend vaccination to cosmonauts will only be taken when the vaccine is tested and it is clear that it is reliable", a he added.

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Sergei Ryzhikov also noted that from an epidemiological point of view, "the ISS is currently the safest place on the planet" , because of the sanitary procedures in force for humans going there.

Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, praised the effectiveness of its “Sputnik-V” vaccine against the new coronavirus, developed in record time, although it has only been formally tested in a few dozen people.

No independent study conducted

Some 40,000 volunteers are due to be vaccinated in Moscow in new trials in the coming weeks, and thousands more in other countries.

No independent study could be carried out on Russian research, and the World Health Organization was therefore skeptical about the real effectiveness of the vaccine.

Several senior Russian officials have nevertheless announced that they have been vaccinated with Sputnik V, for example the Minister of Defense, Sergei Choïgou, and the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin. Vladimir Putin claimed that one of his daughters had also been vaccinated.

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