Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the Syrian situation.
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President Vladimir Putin is trying to score “a domestic victory” on Wednesday, an expert said by the expected deployment of Russia̵7;s coronavirus vaccine, after mismanaging an outbreak of his country and unable to revive the economy.
Claiming this to be the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, Putin announced on Tuesday that the Russian vaccine “is working quite effectively” and “has passed all the necessary tests.” His statement has attracted skepticism from scientists and public health officials.
“Let’s be frank here: Putin needs to win, he needs to win domestically,” said J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president at think tank’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. Box Asia “by CNBC.
“He’s mismanaged the boom in his territory, he’s lost public trust and confidence in his efforts, his economy is backing, he can’t make it. any costly public infrastructure projects he promised during the election campaign, “he added.
Russia has reported more than 895,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 15,100 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon in Asia, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Hopkins data shows that the country’s cumulative number of infections is the fourth highest in the world after the US, Brazil and India.
Like many other experts, Morrison questioned the speed at which Russia was testing its vaccine. Clinical trials have been completed in less than two months, and larger “third stage” trials will begin only Wednesday. There hasn’t been any published data on previous trials yet, so the safety and efficacy of the vaccine are still unclear.
However, Russia has announced that full-scale production will begin next month.
“This is a case of Russia cutting corners to make big profits, big wins domestically and – they hope – internationally,” said Morrison.
“It’s high-risk, this has a high risk of counter-effects, especially if there are adverse effects and if they try to cover them up. And this is not the normal rule of sugar, and so it does. caused a lot of discomfort. “
With vaccines, Putin is trying to rekindle the long “golden days” of Russian science and immunology, said Morrison, who is also the director of CSIS’s Center for Global Health Policy.
The Russian president has also marketed the vaccine to other countries, including the Philippines, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, according to Morrison. He explained it could be that Putin is “hitting fears” among low- and middle-income countries that they will lose to resource-rich countries to get vaccines run by the major pharmaceutical companies. global production.
CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to this report.