Russian government declared that human trials of its contentious COVID-19 vaccine have started in the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
On Monday, the Kremlin described that Vladimir Putin (Russian President) had made a phone call with Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan (the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi).
In a statement, the Kremlin said the importance of joint struggles to fight the blow out of Coronavirus was noted, which also added interaction on the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, which is presently being tested clinically in the United Arab Emirates. Moreover, it also added that the leaders repeated their mutual nature to further support the Russian-UAE planned partnership in many fields.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone call with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), Russia announced that human trials of its controversial coronavirus vaccine “Sputnik V” have begun in the UAE. https://t.co/uk2lq7dUn0
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On Monday, Reuters reported that the United Arab Emirates is the 2nd foreign territory to test the Sputnik V vaccine of Russia, after tests in Belarus. Also, further vaccine tests are allegedly set to start in Venezuela, which is another territory allied to Russia.
The world is questioning Russia’s vaccine
However, the vaccine of Russia is controversial with professional medical experts across the whole world questioning its safety and efficiency.
Last week, the Moscow Times reported that Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology & Microbiology, which made the vaccine, has not published any additional study and data extracted from previous clinical trials testing the Coronavirus vaccine. Moreover, it arrives despite calls for it to do so by expert scientists suspicious about the data that was published in The Lancet medical journal in September.
Several Russian officials claimed that their coronavirus vaccine is not much effective and reflects a Western bias against the nation. Furthermore, the COVID-19 vaccine was provided regulatory approval in the Aug month, which made Russia the very first territory in the world to access this position.
The country already mentioned on its official website committed to the coronavirus vaccine that many other countries, including the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and also Brazil and India, would participate in the post-registration clinical tests of the COVID-19 vaccine. Besides this, its massive production was hoped to begin in September 2020, but it is not sure whether or not this has started.