Fauci has questioned whether Russia’s coronavirus vaccine is safe amid concerns nations are cutting corners to win the vaccine race
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- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that Russia has approved a coronavirus vaccine for mass production.
- The drug — named Sputnik V in reference to Russia’s Cold War satellite — will be made available for frontline health workers from late August or September, Russian media reported.
- But the drug has raised concerns because it has not undergone phase-3 trials, which are considered essential to guarantee the safety of a vaccine.
- Many experts fear the Russia may be sacrificing safety to score geopolitical points.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious-diseases expert, is among those who have expressed concern in recent days.
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