Source: Washington – France Press
Infectious disease expert Anthony Fuchi, a member of the emerging Corona Virus Cell in the United States, questioned Friday the safety of vaccines currently being developed in Russia and China.
“I really hope the Chinese and Russians will test their vaccines before they can be used by anyone,” Fauchi said at a hearing before the US Congress.
The director of the highly respected American Institute of Infectious Diseases added that “announcing the development of a vaccine that can be distributed even before it is tested poses a problem, in order not to say more.”
He believes that the United States will not have to rely on vaccines developed by other countries.
This week, Russia announced that it would start from September and October industrial production of the vaccine against Covid-19, which had been developed by researchers from government centers.
Kirill Dimitriev, head of the Russian sovereign fund that funds the development of one of the two vaccines, likened the current race to find a Covid-19 vaccine to space exploration.
He told CNN that the Americans were surprised when they heard the signal of Sputnik, the first satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. He added, “It will be the same with the vaccine. We will be in the forefront” to develop it.
Moscow has not disclosed scientific data proving the effectiveness and safety of its vaccines.
Several vaccine development projects have shown encouraging results, including a Chinese project in cooperation between the Military Research Institute and the Cansino Biologics Group.
At the end of June, the Chinese military authorized the use of the vaccine in its ranks, even before the final stages of its testing began.
Three vaccines developed in western countries have reached the final stage in their clinical trials in humans, which is a vaccine for the American company “Moderna”, another developed by the British “Oxford” University in cooperation with the “Astra Zenica” laboratory, and a third for the “German-American” Pio-In-Pfizer “Alliance. .