The Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V has gotten the endorsement of top US health official Anthony Fauci.
“The Russian one I believe is quite effective,” Fauci said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Monday when asked whether he trusted COVID-19 vaccines from Russia and China. “The data on the Russian vaccine, I’ve taken a look at some of the reports, it looks pretty good.”
In August 2020, Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the coronavirus, dubbed Sputnik V, and developed by the Gamaleya research institute with financial support from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
However Fauci said at the time that he was skeptical of the vaccine after the Russian government swiftly approved it.
“I hope that the Russians have actually, definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Fauci said in an interview on ABC News at the time. “I seriously doubt that they’ve done that.”
Russia’s health ministry approved the vaccine after only two months of trials.
According to the analysis of phase 3 clinical trials of Sputnik V, published by The Lancet medical journal, Sputnik V has 91.6 percent efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.