August 4, 2020, 04.16 PM

Who will buy it?

The state-run Gamaleya Institute came under fire after researchers and its director injected themselves with the prototype several months ago, with specialists criticizing the move as an unorthodox and rushed way of starting human trials.

Vitaly Zverev, laboratory chief at the Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera, said it was too early to register a vaccine.

"I believe a vaccine that is not properly checked must not be registered, no matter in what country," he said.

"It is impossible to ensure the vaccine's safety in the time that has passed since the beginning of this pandemic," he told AFP.

"You can make anything, but who is going to buy it?"

Zverev added that the three firms named as future producers of Russia's vaccines are well-known pharmaceutical firms that do not normally make vaccines, let alone high-tech ones using DNA technology.

"No adenovirus-based vaccine has been proven effective before," he said. "How are they going to grow it? Nobody explains this."

Moscow has dismissed allegations from the UK, the United States and Canada that a hacking group linked to Russian intelligence services tried to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine from labs in the West.

At more than 850,000 infections, Russia's coronavirus caseload is currently fourth in the world after the United States, Brazil and India.

(Writers & Editors: MA/AS/TGB, Agence France-Presse)

Source: http://u.afp.com/3XZU 

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