It seems as if there is a winner in the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a televised announcement about his approval of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow Russia and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
Putin made the announcement and proclaimed the vaccine - which will be named Sputnik-V - as the world’s first treatment for the fast-spreading disease despite the fact that the alleged vaccine had not completed the clinical testing phase, according to the Daily News.
Putin's announcement has raised severe skepticism of the public, scientists and health officials across the globe. Many officials have warned of the intangible dangers that may result from implementing the use of a vaccine prior to the completion of the clinical testing phase, which normally takes months to complete. Many scientists and health officials are asking how can they trust the alleged vaccine without any clinical trial data that is normally gathered during the clinical testing phase.
Alex Azar the U.S Health and Human Service Secretary appeared on Good Morning America where he said “The point is not to be 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.”
In what seemed like an attempt to ease skeptics, Putin claims that his own daughter received the vaccine after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Despite a slight jump in her fever shortly after receiving the vaccine, her overall temperature lowered by the following day.
The vaccine is also expected to be given to doctors, teachers and high-risk individuals who will then be put under observation, according to health officials.