COVID-19: WHO Questions Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

Global health body excludes country’s vaccine from nine possible candidates.

Sohil Nikam

August 14, 2020

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Russia shocked the world recently when it announced that it has managed to develop a vaccine to stop the spread of COVID-19, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed doubts over this claim. The global health body has said that it does not count this vaccine – called Sputnik V – in what it considers the nine frontrunners that are currently in their advanced stages of testing. It is to be noted that Sputnik V is still to complete the all-important Phase 3 trials, while scientists haven’t even published data from Phases 1 and 2.

Sputnik V has been developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Russia claims that at least 20 countries are interested in obtaining the Russian vaccine. While all seems peachy from the country’s perspective, international opinion is divided on the matter. The scientific community has expressed its apprehension against the vaccine because its results are yet to be published. This is why details regarding the safety, effective dosage, immune response and even its efficacy remain unknown to the world.

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