The Lancet medical journal requested “clarification” on Thursday from the authors of a Russian coronavirus vaccine study after independent scientists noted “inconsistencies” in their research, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Friday.
Russia announced on August 11 that it had successfully developed a coronavirus vaccine.
“As far as I know, this morning for the first time in the world a vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection was registered,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
The alleged vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, was developed by the Russian Healthcare Ministry’s Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.
Though the vaccine candidate had yet to clear Phase Three clinical trials, the Kremlin claimed it had already been approved for civilian use. As a result, Western scientists have viewed Russia’s supposed coronavirus vaccine with skepticism, and many experts doubt its alleged safety.
Last week, Russian researchers published their trial findings on the vaccine in the peer-reviewed Lancet medical