The Russian health ministry, with only two months of human testing, approved the COVID-19 vaccine dubbed as Sputnik V which President Vladimir Putin said to be safe and effective, a comment that the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci doubted.
In an interview with ABC News anchor Deborah Roberts, Dr. Anthony Fauci shared his piece about the vaccine that the Russian President, in a televised meeting, described forming a stable immunity, after his adult daughter took part in the experiment to which, by the end of this month, they plan to start administering dosages to front-line workers.
The director said in the interview that having a vaccine and proving its safety and effectiveness are two different things. He added that he had not heard any evidence to backed up claims about it.
He explained that Americans should understand why the country is not yet claiming to have a vaccine even though the US has half a dozen or more vaccines in development because if the department wanted to take a chance and start administering those vaccines, in ways to hurt people or give them something that doesn't work, they could have done it by next week, but it doesn't work that way because, in his words, they have a way of doing things in this country where they care about safety and efficacy. America, as of press time, has been reported to have at least 5 million people diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus and killed around 160,000.
Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, shared on Squawk box on CNBC Tuesday that they will not allow a vaccine to be subject to mass distribution at this point based on the data at hand. He shared the same sentiment with Dr. Fauci on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. “I wouldn’t take it, certainly not outside a clinical trial right now,” said Gottlieb.