Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s state investment fund RDIF, which is funding vaccine-related research, likened the start of vaccination to the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957. “Americans were surprised to hear Sputnik’s beeps – and now the situation is exactly the same. Russia will be the first, “he said.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that soldiers will serve as volunteers for human testing. Alexander Ginsburg, project manager, told CNN he had already received the vaccine.
Critics argue that Russia has not released any scientific data from the research and development of the substance, so many experts are concerned about the safety and effectiveness of its use. At the same time, they point out that they do not consider the reported human testing to be sufficient.