President Vladimir Putin of Russia shocked the world on Tuesday by announcing the introduction of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, and stated that his own daughter had been a test subject.
The announcement was met with jeers of skepticism from mainstream media outlets which claim that Russia’s vaccine still hasn’t passed phase 3 of clinical trials.
As Fox News reports:
Russia on Tuesday claimed to be the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine, with President Vladimir Putin announcing it is safe for use and that one of his daughters has already been inoculated.
The announcement comes as scientists in the U.S. and abroad warned that administering the vaccine before Phase 3 trials — which normally last for months and involve thousands of people — could backfire.
Speaking at a government meeting Tuesday, Putin said the vaccine has undergone proper testing and is safe. He emphasized that vaccination will be voluntary.
“I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity, and I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests,” he said. “We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”