One Big Thing: Would you get the Russian coronavirus vaccine?
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What is it?
- Earlier this week, Russia approved a coronavirus vaccine to be used on tens of thousands of people. The scientific community has unanimously criticized the vaccine because it was not thoroughly tested for effectiveness or potential side effects.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out in strong support of the vaccine and stated that one of his daughters was already inoculated. Conversely, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte walked back his offer to test the vaccine until it underwent further testing.
Why is it important?
- The shrouded release of Sputnik V amid the uncertainty about its effectiveness and safety epitomizes Russia lack of transparency in its domestic and foreign policy. The Russian government always prioritizes its own agenda ahead of the wellbeing and safety of its own citizens.
- Because Sputnik V has not been rigorously tested, it could be a dud and has potential to carry negative side effects for those who are inoculated. Without further testing, there is no way of knowing whether the vaccine will be helpful or destructive.
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