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COVID19 vaccine: Russia sets a dangerous precedent

By Aamir Ahmad Amin “My daughter has also received it”, boasted Vladimir Putin, the longest serving Kremlin leader since Joseph Stalin, assuring that the breakthrough vaccine has passed all the “needed checks” under the Russian Health Ministry, but will nonetheless be skipping large scale safety trials before being doled out. For a process that usually takes years, one may consider it plausible that accelerated clinical evaluations are necessary during a pandemic that has crippled established systems and transformed life as we know it. However, the act of cutting regulatory corners in a global race following what appears to be political pressure is unacceptable to both science and public safety.  In a world that has witnessed a shift in public trust over vaccines and the growth of anti-vaxxer movements, particularly in first world nations, how does celebrating a vaccine that has baby-stepped into its third phase merely two months into clinical...