Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health
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Top official at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday said Russia’s coronavirus vaccine skipped the “basic parts” of the approval process, saying that some had labeled it “the roulette of Russia”;.
Dr Francis Collins, NIH director, said: “I think almost every vaccine expert in the world is concerned about this issue whether this was a wise decision or not. call this the Russian roulette game, “said Dr Francis Collins, NIH director, during a meeting with reporters.
The NIH is part of a federal government program, called Operation Warp Speed, designed to accelerate the development, production, and distribution of vaccines and treatments to fight coronaviruses.
Scientists and health officials around the globe have questioned the safety and effectiveness of Russian vaccines, which President Vladimir Putin declared “works quite effectively”. Putin said that Russian health authorities had approved the first coronavirus vaccine and said one of his daughters took it.
“Although I know that it works quite effectively, it builds up a stable immune system and I repeat, it has passed all the necessary tests,” Putin said.
During Thursday’s call, Collins said Russia was only conducting phase one clinical trials of its vaccine, giving it to about 100 people, and decided “that’s good enough”. However, medical experts have warned that it is not yet known whether the vaccine will work and what the potential side effects would be without the large-scale Phase 3 clinical trial.
“If that was the norm, we were declared successful months ago because we had a successful phase one test experience,” Collins said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told National Geographic in an interview that he “seriously suspected” Russia had proven their vaccines to be safe and effective. .
“Having vaccines … and proving that vaccines are safe and effective are two different things. We have half a dozen or more vaccines, so if we want to take the chance to hurt more people or give them something not Fauci said in a National Geographic discussion moderated by ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts, which aired on Thursday, you know, we could start working on this next week. if we want.
The World Health Organization said it is contacting Russian regulators to conduct a rigorous assessment of the country’s vaccine before recommending it to other countries for procurement.