Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Public Health Specialist: 50% Effective Coronavirus Vaccine Will ‘Better Than What We Have Now’ Overnight Care: Trump will act after coronavirus talks collapses | Vaccine official said he would resign if politically pressured by Fauci DC’s neighbors hanging a ‘thank you’ sign in their yard MOREThe nation̵7;s leading infectious disease expert, said Tuesday that he is highly skeptical of Russia announcing that it has a ready-to-use vaccine for the new coronavirus.
“Having vaccines and proving that vaccines are safe and effective are two different things,” Fauci said during a discussion with National Geographic.
The comments come just hours after the Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin Not a good picture: US money laundering and art market Blumenthal calls for decryption of documents detailing Russia’s threat to the US election. said the country became the first country in the world to be approved under the COVID-19 vaccine regulations.
According to the Johns Hopkins University database, Putin said that the vaccine was clinically tested and has been shown to have immunity to the deadly disease that has infected more than 20 million people. all around the world.
However, phase 3 trials for the drug have yet to be completed, causing skepticism from international medical experts about its usefulness.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a key member of the White House anti-virus task force, said he found no evidence to support Putin’s position.
“I hope that the Russians have truly shown that vaccines are safe and effective,” he said. .
More than 100 viable vaccines are being developed around the world as part of an effort to provide immunity to coronavirus. Moderna, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, kicked off Phase 3 testing for a vaccine in July, making it the first US candidate to reach that stage.
Fauci has said that he is “cautiously optimistic” that the COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of this year. He told a House committee on July 31 that he was encouraged by all that he saw in the initial data, however warning that “there’s never a guarantee that you will receive a safe and effective vaccine ”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said it was monitoring progress on Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine development. Progress in fighting the virus “should not compromise safety,” said the health authority.
Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb repeated Fauci’s skepticism on Tuesday, noting in a tweet that Russia was behind misinformation campaigns regarding Translate.
“Today’s news that they’ve ‘approved’ a vaccine equivalent to phase 1 data could be another attempt to spark suspicions or force the United States to act early,” he said. for our vaccines.
Russia is reportedly planning to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to medical staff as soon as this month. It will be made available to the public in October, according to Reuters.