Normally, the news that a COVID-19 vaccine has arrived would be met with great fanfare. This is, after all, an illness that has completely changed the way in which the entire world operates over the course of about half of a year.
But, no. This vaccine is being touted and promoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia on Tuesday became the first country to officially register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated.
Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials — which normally last for months and involve thousands of people — could backfire.
Putin, who is not well known for his benevolence, insists that everything is on the up-and-up.
“I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests,” he said. “The most important thing is to ensure full safety of using the vaccine and its efficiency.”
The Russian leader added that one of his two adult daughters has received two shots of the vaccine. “She has taken part in the experiment,” Putin said.
A small percentage of conspiracy-prone Americans have already suggested that a coronavirus vaccine could be used to inject individuals with tiny microchips, likely at the behest of boogeyman du jour Bill Gates. One can only imagine what sort of wild theories they’ll come up with over a Putin-backed vaccine.
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