Putin touts second dubious approval of an unproven COVID-19 vaccine

A vaguely smug man in a suit sits in front of a flag.

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President Vladimir Putin. (credit:
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced the
second dubious approval of a COVID-19 vaccine that has not been
evaluated in clinical trials.

The vaccine, dubbed EpiVacCorona, is said to be a synthetic
peptide-based vaccine, which uses fragments of the pandemic virus,
SARS-CoV-2, to spur protective immune responses in those
vaccinated. It was developed by Vector State Virology and
Biotechnology Center, a former Soviet bioweapons research lab.

Like the first Russian-approved vaccine, whether EpiVacCorona is
actually safe and effective is completely unknown. In
a televised news conference
, Putin said that early trials
involving 100 people were successful. But researchers have not
published any safety or efficacy data from those trials. Russian
health officials have said they are still reviewing the vaccine for
“safety and quality”
but declined
to provide any additional information on the
vaccine, data, or approval process.

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Putin touts second dubious approval of an unproven COVID-19
vaccine