US health secretary: “The point is to have a vaccine that is safe,” not be first


After Russia claimed to have found the World’s First Vaccine for Covid-19, Alex Azar the US Health and Human Services Secretary said “The Point is not to be the first with the vaccine. The point is to have a vaccine that is safe and effective for the American people and the people of the world.”  He mentioned that transparent data from phase three trials is needed to show that the vaccine is safe and effective.

So far, Russia hasn’t provided any such data to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is why WHO hasn’t added the vaccine is the list of 6 vaccines under a widespread trial as of now. The health ministry of Germany also said that there is no known data on the quality, efficacy, and safety of the Russian Vaccine “Sputnik-V” as yet. WHO said “Any vaccine producer has to follow this procedure that guarantees it is safe and has the WHO’s recommendation,” Tarik Jasarevic, WHO spokesman mentioned that they are in close contact and discussions with Russian health authorities.

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president claims that the medicine is effective in forming stable anti-body and cell-mediated immune response, and has already been given to one of his daughters. As per him, his daughter is doing well after receiving the vaccine although she has a bit high temperature at the moment. In the past as well Russia claimed to have developed Ebola Vaccine although any phase three data for that as well was never provided.

As per Alex Azar, President Donald Trump is currently leading with the historic Operation Warp Speed initiative, with six vaccines in development. By December they will have tens of millions of doses of FDA gold standard vaccine and by 2021 they will have hundreds of millions of doses. Out of the six vaccines under development, 2 of them are already in phase three clinical trial.


Currently, the Russian vaccine is not considered to be safe and efficient by the rest of the world since any data of phase three trials has not been provided. Considering the number of people it has been tested on, it’s safe to say that the vaccine has only cleared phase one of clinical trials.  WHO has mentioned that all vaccines need to be examined under international standards before being accepted to be effective and safe. Sputnik-V, the Russian vaccine for Covid-19 will only be taken into consideration by WHO once sufficient data proving its efficacy and safety is provided

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