Russia Announces World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine

Headline Roundup August 11th, 2020

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had granted regulatory approval for the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute. Putin claimed that the vaccine, named “Sputnik V,” was safe and effective, and that it had already been given to his daughter. The vaccine has garnered scientific skepticism since it was hinted at last week. Sputnik V has yet to undergo “Phase 3” trials, a standard of vaccine development in which a vaccine is tested on thousands of people over several months.

Outlets on all sides covered Russia’s vaccine. Some sources focused on scientific skepticism more than others, with many using the generalized “scientists” and others focusing on government officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Russia Announces World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine

From the Left
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MOSCOW — Russia has become the first country in the world to approve a vaccine for the coronavirus, President Vladimir V. Putin announced on Tuesday, though global health authorities say the vaccine has yet to complete critical, late-stage clinical trials to determine its safety and effectiveness.

Mr. Putin, who told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning that the vaccine “works effectively enough,” said that his own daughter had taken it. And in a congratulatory note to the nation, he thanked the scientists who developed the vaccine for “this first, very...

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From the Center
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Mr Putin said the vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it.

Officials have said they plan to start mass vaccination in October.

Experts have raised concerns about the speed of Russia's work, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners.

Amid fears that safety could have been compromised, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Russia last week to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against Covid-19.

On Tuesday, the WHO said it had been in talks with Russian authorities about undertaking...

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From the Right
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News that Russia has registered the first vaccine to treat COVID-19 before starting and completing Phase 3 trials was greeted with alarm on Tuesday, with experts concerned it may come with safety issues that could stoke antivaccination and anti-science sentiment.

President Vladimir Putin announced the news of the vaccine at a government meeting, The Wall Street Journal reported, following accelerated trials conducted by the Gamaleya Institute for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow in collaboration with the Defense Ministry.

Putin said one of his daughters has already received a dose of...

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