With Russia announcing yesterday the adoption of the first Russian vaccine against the emerging corona virus, and amid expectations that it will begin production next September, informed sources revealed that the Ministry of Health is following the latest developments and clinical trials for any vaccine for “Corona” that is officially approved by international health organizations.
The sources told Al-Qabas: “The ministry has a specialized technical committee to find out the most prominent treatments and vaccines used worldwide, and includes consultants and experts in infectious and internal diseases, to follow up on global developments and medicines that arise and can be used for disease and cases, in addition to the treatments that the ministry is currently using in Corona virus treatment .
In response to a question regarding statements by Russian officials that 20 countries have requested one billion doses of the Russian vaccine, and whether Kuwait is among these countries, the sources clarified that until now no doses have been requested from it, and requests to import any quantity of this vaccine or others are subject to standards.
Measures that must be met before ordering, including obtaining the desired scientific medical results, efficacy against the virus, and official approval by the World Health Organization or the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi). The sources added that the Gulf countries also did not initiate the request for the Russian vaccine, in addition to not having it formally approved by regulatory health organizations, and no comprehensive scientific studies were submitted on its effectiveness, safety and safety. Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that one of his daughters had received the “Sputnik V” vaccine, which was developed by the Nikolai Gamalia Institute. Russia’s acceleration of the development of the vaccine, less than two months after testing it in humans, raised concerns about its effectiveness. Despite Moscow’s announcement that the vaccine passed the tests successfully, the World Health Organization commented cautiously, stressing that “the stage before licensing any vaccine passes through strict mechanisms”, and America stressed that “it is important to have transparent data on the vaccine to prove its safety and effectiveness.” , Germany considered that “there are no known data yet regarding the quality, efficacy and non-riskiness of the Russian vaccine.”