AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Aug. 6, 2020, 10:14 a.m.
Geneva: Many types of research are being done around the world regarding the coronavirus vaccine.
However, there are continuous reports about the coronavirus vaccine from Russia. Now Russia has announced the end of all clinical trials on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Russia says that the mass vaccination program is going to start from the first week of October. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed doubts about Russia's coronavirus vaccine.
The WHO has stated that Russia has not followed the guidelines set for the coronavirus vaccine. In such a situation, it is difficult to trust the success of this coronavirus vaccine.
During a United Nations (UN) press briefing, WHO spokesman Cristian Lindmire shocked everyone by saying that if a COVID-19 vaccine is issued for production without a phase III trial, it would have to be considered dangerous. After this statement, many speculations are being made.
The WHO warns that many guidelines have been created for the production of coronavirus vaccine, which researchers must follow.
"There are established practices and there are guidelines out. Any vaccine (or medicine) for this purpose should be, of course, going through all the various trials and tests before being licensed for roll-out," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters at the United Nations here.
"Sometimes individual researchers claim they have found something, which is of course, as such, great news. But between finding or having a clue of maybe having a vaccine that works, and having gone through all the stages, is a big difference. Whenever such news comes or steps are taken, we have to be careful." The facts of such reports should be examined with caution," he added.
Lindmeier said that the Russian government has not officially informed the WHO about any coronavirus vaccine which may be on the verge of being deployed in Russia.
"If there was anything official, then our colleagues in the European office would definitely look into this. In general terms, there are a set of guidances and regulations, rules, how to deal with safe development of a vaccine. These should be definitely followed in order to make sure that we know what the vaccine is working against, who it can help and, of course, also if it has any negative side effects," he said.