Fauci: ‘I seriously doubt’ Russia’s vaccine against coronavirus is safe and effective

Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Public Health Expert: 50 Percent Effective Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be ‘Better Than We Have It Now’ Overnight Health Care: Trump Takes Action Towards Colonavirus Talks | Fax official says he would resign if political pressure Fauci’s DC neighbors put ‘thank you’ signs in their yard MORE, the nation’s top expert, said Tuesday that he has serious doubts about Russia’s announcement that it has a vaccine to be used for the novel coronavirus.

“Having a fax and proving that a fax is safe and effective are two different things,” Fauci said during a panel discussion with National Geographic.

The remarks came just hours after Russia’s president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin Nothing a nice picture: Money laundering and the American art market Blumenthal demands declassification of materials describing the Russian threat to American elections. Trump forgets opinion that Russia denigrates Biden: ‘No one has been harder on Russia than I have’ MORE said the country was the first in the world to become regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Putin said the vaccine went through clinical trials and that it had proven to provide immunity to the deadly disease that has infected more than 20 million people worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

Phase 3 studies for the drug, however, have not been reported, creating skepticism among international health experts about its usefulness.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said he had seen no evidence to support Putin’s position.

“I hope the Russians have actually, definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective. I seriously doubt they did,” he said, adding that Americans need to understand that the process of obtaining vaccine safety approval and requires efficiency.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world as part of efforts to provide immunity protection for the coronavirus. Moderna, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, launched a Phase 3 trial for a vaccine in July, making it the first U.S. candidate to reach that stage.

Fauci has said he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by the end of the year. He told a House committee on July 31 that he was encouraged by everything he saw in the early data, however warned that “there is never a guarantee that you will receive a safe and effective vaccine.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it was monitoring Russia’s progress in developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Advances in fighting the virus “should not compromise security,” the health agency said.

Former Tuesday Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb echoed earlier Tuesday’s Fauci, note in a tweet that Russia has been behind disinformation campaigns in connection with the pandemic.

“Today’s news that they ‘approved’ a fax about the equivalence of Phase 1 data could be another attempt to cast doubt than to force the US to take early action on our faxes,” he said.

Russia plans to offer this COVID-19 vaccine to medical personnel as soon as this month. It will be made available to the general public in October, according to Reuters.