|A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe. (Photo by=REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] America's top infectious diseases official has raised concerns over the safety of COVID-19 vaccines being developed by China and Russia as the world scrambles for answers to a pandemic the WHO warned will be felt for decades. Several Chinese companies are at the forefront of the race to develop an immunity to the disease and Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own vaccine.
But US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either country, where regulatory systems are far more opaque than they are in the West."I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone," he told a US Congressional hearing on Friday (Jul 31).
"Claims of having a vaccine ready to distribute before you do testing, I think, is problematic, at best." As part of its own "Operation Warp Speed," the US government will pay pharma giants Sanofi and GSK up to US$2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. It came after the US posted a second-quarter GDP drop of 9.5% from the same period last year, the worst it had ever recorded.