According to Kirill Dmitriev, managing director of the Russian state fund RDIF, which supports the controversial vaccine “Sputnik V”, the criticism of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine is unhealthy, unethical and unproductive.
“We are completely transparent and open. There are very negative reports in some western countries and frankly we are very sad because it basically does not allow people to get honest information about our vaccine,” Dmitriev told CNBC “Capital connection” on Tuesday.
“We all have to be very practical and end this rhetoric of trying to black out each other’s vaccine. It’s very unhealthy, very unethical, and very unproductive.”
The announcement immediately met with skepticism from scientists and public health officials. They questioned the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine as it had not yet passed the larger Phase 3 clinical trials, and pointed out Data from previous studies we
are not published.
A study was published last month that was published in the journal The Lancet preliminary results from Russia’s experiments found that the vaccine had no serious negative side effects. However, Some scientists have questioned the reliability of data in the study.
Nevertheless, two countries – Belarus and the United Arab Emirates – began human trials for the Russian vaccine. Further trials are to begin in Venezuela.
Dmitriev said countries should “self-test” the safety and effectiveness of the Russian vaccine.
“We are facing the worst epidemic ever and I think countries need to be pragmatic,” he said. “Try different vaccines and not just rely on one vaccine, you have several vaccines in your portfolio.”