Russia approves Sputnik V Covid vaccine despite testing safety concerns

Northerner

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Russia has approved a controversial Covid-19 vaccine for widespread use after less than two months of human testing, including a dose administered to one of Vladimir Putin’s daughters.

The announcement that Russia was pushing ahead with large-scale manufacture and mass immunisation before so-called “phase 3” testing was greeted with criticism from experts who described the Russian approach as reckless and unethical, saying it risked exacerbating rather than helping manage the pandemic. The WHO said the vaccine should not be produced until it had completed phase 3 trials.

Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the country’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund, said the vaccine would be marketed abroad under the brand name Sputnik V with international agreements to produce 500m doses and requests for 1bn doses from 20 countries.


Hmmm... :rolleyes: Not sure I'd want it at this stage :eek:
 

Madeline

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This is how ‘I Am Legend’ started :oops:

Earthquake swarms in the San Andreas Fault, they’re predicting the Big One over that, so I’ll put a tenner on aliens for Christmas. Thanks 2020.
 

Docb

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Apparently the "vaccine" has come from a well-respected institute and has similarities with vaccines under development elsewhere. So far so good. It's way behind others on the evaluation cycle so the claims made by Putin look like they have more to do with the Russian oligarchs setting out to make a vast amount of money from selling it rather than offering a valid way forward for dealing with the pandemic. I do hope them in charge are not thinking of lobbing them millions for the option of buying some for the UK at some point in the future.
 

Eddy Edson

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A worry is the probability that Trump will find this an extra inducement to make an October surprise fake vaccine announcement, probably in conjunction with these fellows:
 

Amity Island

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less than two months of human testing,
It normally takes 10-15 years to properly and safely develop a traditional one. The new ones are DNA based. Who knows how long these will need to be tested to know that they are safe. It may take years before any side effects become evident, it may take decades or even generations?

WHO say this

"Many aspects of the immune response generated by DNA vaccines are not understood".

 

Bruce Stephens

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The new ones are DNA based. Who knows how long these will need to be tested to know that they are safe. It may take years before any side effects become evident, it may take decades or even generations?
There are lots of vaccines being worked on, and I think they cover the landscape of vaccine types including some that haven't been used before, but also including well-understood techniques like inactivated viruses.
 

Amity Island

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There are lots of vaccines being worked on, and I think they cover the landscape of vaccine types including some that haven't been used before, but also including well-understood techniques like inactivated viruses.
I know, lots of others being tested. Same applies. 10-15yrs to adequately test for safety.
 
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