After months and months of grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin believed that he was giving the world good news, only to be figuratively laughed out of the room.
That’s because Putin had announced that Russia, a nation not necessarily known for either their scientific integrity or their medical prowess, had cracked the code and created the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, the Russian
President Dictator suggested that one of his daughters had been inoculated, despite some concerns within the media that the woman depicted in the accompanying footage was perhaps not his daughter.
But sketchy familial relations aside, leading experts around the world are also warning against the Russian vaccine, stating that they have little faith in its efficacy or safety.
Russia responded ferociously to those criticisms on Wednesday.
Scientists in Germany, France, Spain and the US have all urged caution.
“It seems our foreign colleagues are sensing the specific competitive advantages of the Russian drug and are trying to express opinions that… are absolutely groundless,” Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday.
He added that the vaccine would be available soon.
“The first packages of the medical vaccine… will be received within the next two weeks, primarily for doctors,” Mr Murashko said.
Russia has consistently tossed away the trust of the world community when it comes to the information they allow to escape their borders, most infamously during 1986’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the wide-ranging coverup that they attempted to execute in its wake.
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