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World Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Gamble Is All About Vladimir Putin

11:27  14 august  2020
11:27  14 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Putin announced that Russia approved a COVID-19 vaccine — and gave it to his daughter — despite serious concerns over its safety

  Putin announced that Russia approved a COVID-19 vaccine — and gave it to his daughter — despite serious concerns over its safety Putin claimed the vaccine "passed all the needed checks," despite skepticism from scientists that proper safety procedure had been followed."I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks," Putin said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

President Vladimir Putin said Russia cleared the world’ s first Covid-19 vaccine for use and hopes to begin mass inoculation soon, even before clinical Russia indicated how it regards the development, naming the vaccine Sputnik V in a nod to the Soviet Union’ s achievement in launching the world’ s

President Vladimir Putin announced Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move Moscow likened to its success in the space race. The vaccine has, however, not yet completed its final trials and Russia ' s

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- There was no clearer way of signaling how Russia sees its coronavirus vaccine: Moscow named it Sputnik, after the satellite whose launch in 1957 marked the start of the space race, and forced the West to confront an unexpected, and terrifying, technology gap.

A medical worker draws liquid from a vial with a syringe in this arranged photograph taken at the Chaika Clinic in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Russia registered its first coronavirus vaccine, President Vladimir Putin said during a televised meeting with the government. © Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg A medical worker draws liquid from a vial with a syringe in this arranged photograph taken at the Chaika Clinic in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Russia registered its first coronavirus vaccine, President Vladimir Putin said during a televised meeting with the government.

Announcing the world’s first regulatory approval this week, President Vladimir Putin sought to repeat the propaganda masterstroke. Yet the rushed endorsement, after just two months of small-scale human testing, is less an affirmation of Russian scientific prowess than it is an expression of Putin’s hankering for Soviet-era international clout. It’s a premature victory lap that suggests a worrying need for affirmation at home too.

Putin says Russia registers first coronavirus vaccine without providing evidence

  Putin says Russia registers first coronavirus vaccine without providing evidence Unlike similar vaccines being developed elsewhere, Russia has moved ahead with approving a version before completing so-called phase three clinical trials.It comes after the country boasted intentions to win the global race for a COVID-19 vaccine in recent weeks by jumping ahead of established pharmaceutical practices. No data has been published by researchers for peer review, and the long-term effects of this possible vaccine remain unclear.

Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday morning that Russia has registered the world' s first vaccine against coronavirus. He says the dose is effective in forming immunity against the deadly pathogen which has spread globally. © Sputnik / Alexey Nikolskii.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announce say one vaccine wey dem develop locally for Covid-19 don get regulatory Wetin we know about Russia ' Sputnik V' corona vaccine . Last week, Russian goment announce say dem dey prepare to begin mass vaccinations against coronavirus for October.

Russia has been in a hurry to win the vaccine race from the start, spotting the political benefit of being first with the inoculation the world is waiting for. It said in July that one of its prototypes, developed by the Gamaleya Institute, had completed the initial phase of tests. Then it began talking up plans for a mass vaccination program in the fall, brushing aside accusations that Moscow-backed hackers tried to steal research abroad. My colleagues in Moscow reported officials and billionaire tycoons had been getting the shots since April.

Now, ignoring public objections from the trade body representing the world’s top pharmaceutical companies in Russia, the country has pressed ahead with an official green light — even before the gold-standard, phase 3 trial that would typically involve thousands of subjects. Sweeping aside standard research procedure, Putin said in a televised meeting that all necessary checks had been cleared. It’s a triumph of spin over scientific protocol that even U.S. President Donald Trump hasn’t been able to pull off.

Putin claims Russia has developed first coronavirus vaccine

  Putin claims Russia has developed first coronavirus vaccine Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that the country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to multiple reports. The Russian leader claimed that the vaccine underwent clinical testing and has proven to offer immunity from the coronavirus. However, the approval was granted by Russian health officials after just two months of human testing, Reuters noted.Putin said at aThe Russian leader claimed that the vaccine underwent clinical testing and has proven to offer immunity from the coronavirus. However, the approval was granted by Russian health officials after just two months of human testing, Reuters noted.

The new Russian Covid-19 vaccine is therefore called Sputnik V,” the official website explains. On Tuesday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on television that the country had registered the world' s first vaccine against coronavirus, which is due to be available to the general

Putin announced today that Russia had become the first country to register a vaccine , claiming it has 'passed all the Global scientists pour scorn on Putin ' s 'reckless, foolish and unethical' claim that Russia has won Covid-19 vaccine race with ' Sputnik V' jab already given to his daughter which he

The scale of the gamble makes it hard to comprehend, even in a country that has counted more than 900,000 cases of the pneumonia-like illness. With only early-stage tests, as my colleague Max Nisen pointed out, Russia is taking a huge bet on the vaccine actually protecting enough people, safely. While adverse effects from vaccines are rare, they are not unheard of. Corner-cutting will hardly reassure a skeptical population.

There is also the fact that a national regulator’s OK doesn’t win you the global vaccine race. According to the World Health Organization, several candidate vaccines are already ahead of Russia’s in the final phase of testing, including one developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc, which uses a similar technology. Some, unlike Russia, have published data to support their claims.

So why bother?

First, for the glory. Even if this announcement has been met with widespread skepticism, the White House felt the need to reassure U.S. citizens that it was moving as fast as possible. Developing nations, meanwhile, are listening carefully to a country that might share its vaccine with them.

Russia Says Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready, Thorough Clinical Trials Be Damned

  Russia Says Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready, Thorough Clinical Trials Be Damned If it’s good enough for Putin’s daughter, maybe it’s good enough for you.There’s just one problem: It might not, you know, work.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of a coronavirus vaccine for use on Tuesday, claiming it as a "world first," amid continued concern and unanswered questions over its safety and effectiveness.

Putin said yesterday that Russia had registered the world's first Covid vaccine . Russia has made the vaccine race a matter of national prestige and has named the product ' Sputnik V' after the former Soviet space satellites, prompting fears that safety will be compromised for the sake of Russia ' s image.

Then, for the research kudos. Putin wants to restore a reputation for scientific excellence that has been tarnished by years of underinvestment after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and a dramatic brain drain.

Most importantly, perhaps, this is about burnishing goodwill at home.

The rush in the laboratory is proportionate to Putin’s need for affirmation in the face of weak approval ratings — at record lows, even after voters approved constitutional changes that give him the opportunity to stay in power until 2036. In today’s Russia, there is still a warm feeling around Soviet successes like the space program. That’s true even if many of those firsts were as much about the headlines as they were about genuine evolution. After former factory worker Valentina Tereshkova became the first female cosmonaut in 1963, it was another 19 years before another woman followed her into orbit.

Judy Twigg, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who studies Russian politics and health, points out that it is much like the virtual reality of Putin’s superweapons announcement in 2018, which promised invincible next-generation technology. It was made against the backdrop of genuine advances, but suggested a need for big wins the president could boast about — even if, like some of that military technology or a promised AIDS vaccine, they don't ever materialize.

Russia Doesn’t Really Know Whether Its Covid Vaccine Works

  Russia Doesn’t Really Know Whether Its Covid Vaccine Works That could undermine confidence in Putin’s government, and in vaccines generally.President Vladimir Putin says his government has approved a vaccine and will start inoculating teachers and medical workers this month, before embarking on a mass vaccination effort in the fall. Yet the shot is not backed by evidence from a complete phase 3 trial, the gold standard for confirming safety and efficacy. Deciding to move ahead without this proof stands to hamper rather than help Russia’s Covid-19 response.

Russia has registered its first vaccine against the coronavirus , announced President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with members of the government on Tuesday, August 11. According to the Russian president, the vaccine is effective, builds stable immunity, and has passed all of the necessary tests.

On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin revealed the registration of a domestic vaccine for the coronavirus, due to be available for the general public from January 2021. Under the trademark ' Sputnik V,' Russia will produce millions of doses per month, both at home and abroad.

Putin clearly wants a win against a virus that spoiled his 2020. The landmark constitutional plebiscite intended to cement his leadership was delayed by the pandemic, as was a Victory Parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, which few world leaders attended. An oil crisis hasn’t helped matters. While the economy is doing less badly than feared, households are still in pain, protests persist in the country’s Far East, Belarus is in revolt on his doorstep and there are potentially awkward elections for regional assemblies in September.

With a vaccine promise, he is again a protective father of the people: To make the point, Putin remarked publicly that one of his own, rarely spoken-of, daughters was inoculated.

Much will depend on what happens next, beginning with the promised publication of data on the vaccine in a major international journal. Russia has dismissed its doubters, but  facts will be key to winning them over.

In the end, a historic space exploit may not have been the best metaphor to choose. These days Russia’s program faces setbacks, including competition from private companies such as billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Tripping up in the vaccine race will be costlier.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.

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Russia's 'Sputnik V' COVID-19 vaccine to be tested on 40,000 people: TASS cites developer .
Russia's 'Sputnik V' COVID-19 vaccine to be tested on 40,000 people: TASS cites developerThe vaccine, called "Sputnik V" in homage to the world's first satellite launched by the Soviet Union, has been hailed as safe and effective by Russian authorities and scientists following two months of small-scale human trials, the results of which have not been made public yet.

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