Two leading voices on health issues in the US are expressing skepticism about Russian President Valdimir Putin claiming that his country is the first to invent a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine. . Putin’s statement on Tuesday aroused immediate doubts about the science and safety behind deliberate achievement.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Tuesday he hopes Moscow has “truly demonstrated that vaccines are safe and effective. I really have doubts.” that they did it. “
Fauci added that the US is working on “half a dozen or more vaccines. So if we want a chance to hurt a lot of people or give them something that doesn̵7;t work, we can start doing this. , you know, next week if we want to. But that’s not how it works. “
Fauci made the comment in a key interview for Stopping Pandemics, an exclusive event that aired on August 13 via National Geographic.
Separately, US Health Secretary Alex Azar said during his visit to Taiwan on Wednesday that promoting the COVID-19 vaccine “is not a race to take first place.”
Azar said the United States is combining the power of government, economy and the biopharmaceutical industry to “deliver the fastest possible safe and effective vaccines for the benefit of US citizens, as well as for the people of the world.
He said the US has reached an advanced manufacturing contract for a vaccine being developed by the Moderna company and has supply agreements with five other companies whose vaccines are being produced.
He points out that four out of six contract companies reported testing results showing that they produced more antibodies to the virus than COVID-19 survivors without serious side effects.
Azar said the two companies’ vaccine candidates have entered a third phase of testing while the Russian vaccine is currently beginning that phase with no information disclosed.
He said the US process would allow the production of a “gold-standard, safe and effective” vaccine in quantities in the tens of millions of doses by the end of this year.
However, Russian Health Minister Mikhail on Wednesday said the allegations that Russian vaccines were unsafe were unfounded and stemming from competition, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported, according to Reuters news agency.
And a Chinese official criticized Azar Wednesday for visiting Taiwan amid an ongoing pandemic in his homeland, accusing him of putting politics before the lives of the American people.
The comments came a day after Azar accused China of not warning the rest of the world about the coronavirus.