That Covid-19 Vaccine Russia Approved It’s Only Cleared For Use In A Small Group Of People

August 22, 2020

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the country has approved a coronavirus vaccine that appears to be ready for widespread use. But according to Science magazine, the vaccine is actually only approved for use on “a small number of vulnerable citizens.”

According to Reuters, Russia named the new vaccine “Sputnik V,” a reference to the world’s first artificial satellite, which was launched during the space race.

Referring to the vaccine developers at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning (Aug. 11), Putin said, “We must thank those who made this first step very important for our country and the whole world,” according to the Associated Press. .

According to Science, while Putin announced that the vaccine had been approved, presumably for widespread use, the registration certificate issued by the Russian Ministry of Health actually covers only a small group of people, including health care workers. The certificate also states that the vaccine cannot be approved for widespread use until Jan. 1, 2021, though statements by various Russian health officials appear to contradict that provision.

According to the original report published by the Associated Press on August 11, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), told reporters that “people outside of clinical trials will get the vaccine in August, and some, already on a large scale, in October”. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the country will soon begin a mass distribution of the vaccine, with medical workers and teachers receiving the vaccine on a priority basis, according to The New York Times.

Dmitriev told reporters that Phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine, scheduled to begin this week, will more thoroughly assess safety and effectiveness, according to the Associated Press.