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Sputnik 5: the lights and shadows of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19


Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia has registered the first coronavirus vaccine. News that has been received with great joy in markets around the world. The Ibex, without going any further, closed the session leading the rises in Europe and breaking resistance in the short term. However, not everything is joy, in the scientific community it has not been received with such enthusiasm. The new drug has many lights, but also many shadows.

Sputnik 5This is how the Russian Government has named the new vaccine in honor of the first Russian satellite launched into space. If that launch was a resounding success, there is not so much certainty with what surrounds the vaccine. "This morning a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered for the first time in the world," Putin has been so forceful.

This would be the first light. It is the first registered drug and, according to the Kremlin, it has passed all the necessary tests and allows achieving "stable immunity." They are so sure of its efficacy that one of Putin's daughters has already received several doses.

This has been one of the aspects that has given the markets the most confidence. Putin is a very cautious person with his private life so the announcement has been interpreted as a vote of confidence towards the vaccine.

What is a light for Russia is a shadow for the World Health Organization (WHO). The international organization is reluctant and claims that its effectiveness should be proven. The step taken by Russia would be for the WHO plus a prequalification.

Those of Tedros Adhanom do not deny that the results obtained by Russian scientists are encouraging, however, they denounce that the Government has been authorized to accelerate the processes, something that is not happening in the rest of the investigations. "Accelerating progress should not mean compromising safety”, Explained in a press conference the WHO spokesman, Tarik Jasarevic.

So far it has not published any study or scientific data on what it is doing

Suspicions weigh on Russia for its lack of transparency. In fact, it has not been communicating its progress to international organizations. So much that has approved the drug without disclosing the results of phase 3 of your clinical trial. The absence of these data left it off the WHO list of six vaccines, which involve a larger number of human trials.

So far Russia has not published any study or scientific data about the tests it is conducting and details are also not known about the steps of the process that normally must be completed before a vaccine is approved and released to the market.


Lack of transparency is not the only thing that I have blamed on Russia in recent months. The United States and the United Kingdom have repeatedly denounced that 'Russian hackers They have spied on the laboratories that are developing their vaccines against the coronavirus.

A coordinated statement from the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, and collected by Reuters, attributed the attacks to the APT29 group, also known as 'Cozy Bear', which they say is almost certainly operating as part of the Russian intelligence services.

"We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic, "said NCSC Director of Operations Paul Chichester.

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