Scientists behind Russia’s coronavirus vaccine jumped at the opportunity to tout their new inoculation after President Trump’s diagnosis with the illness, according to a report. “Now would be a good time for the US to seriously consider the Russian vaccine to defend themselves against COVID-19,” Vladimir Gushchin, head of the lab where the Sputnik-V vaccine was developed, told CNN.
“Trump would not be in this situation if he’d been vaccinated with Sputnik-V,” he claimed. Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, told state news outlet RIA-Novosti that Russia was ready to assist the US if asked.
“I think that if they officially turn to Russian authorities, we will be able to help them,” Gintsburg told RIA, according to CNN. Although he expects the US will be able to take care of Trump, the nation’s top virologist said it would have been good to have vaccinated the president with the Russian vaccine.
Critics have expressed concerns about the safety and effectiveness of Sputnik-V, which Moscow fast-tracked before phase 3 human trials. Russia licensed the two-shot inoculation for domestic use in August — the first country to do so and before any data had been published.
Sources: NYpost, Washington Post; Image: Washington Post