Russia doctor resigns over medical ethics of coronavirus vaccine
Russia's top respiratory doctor Alexander Chucalin resignd over violations of medical ethics that rushed through Russia's coronavirus vaccine.
Professor Alexander Chucalin resigned from the health ministry's ethics council, accusing two leading medics involved in the drug of flouting medical ethics.
On 11 August, Russian President Putin said in a meeting that the first vaccine in the world against the coronavirus, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, was registered in Russia and that one of his daughters was vaccinated.
The previous day, the Association of Clinical Research Organizations, a union of pharmaceutical companies in Russia, urged the head of the Ministry of Health to delay the registration due to incomplete testing. The head of the RDIF stated that 20 countries had requested in total 1 billion doses of the vaccine, named Sputnik V.
Russia currently has the largest number of confirmed cases in Europe, and the fourth-highest number of confirmed cases in the world, after the United States, Brazil, and India.
According to figures from the national coronavirus crisis center, as of 14 August 2020, Russia has 912,823 confirmed cases, 722,964 recoveries, 15,498 deaths, and over 31.9 million tests performed.