The Power of Reliable Data Can Vaccines from Russia and China Be a Game Changer?

China and Russia have been exporting their vaccines for months, despite a lack of data on safety and efficacy. On Tuesday, though, it was announced that Sputnik V from Russia is both. If the Chinese vaccines likewise stand up to rigorous examination, it would be a huge step forward in the fight against COVID-19.
A man in Brazil being vaccinated.

A man in Brazil being vaccinated.

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"The Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine candidate appears safe and effective."

commentary in the The Lancet

A vaccine delivery from China at the Belgrade airport.

A vaccine delivery from China at the Belgrade airport.

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"For countries with a rampant epidemic, even a vaccine with 50 percent efficacy will reduce pressure on health services, allowing them to cope."

Adrian Esterman, biostatistician at the University of South Australia

Vaccines from all countries will be needed – as long as the data provided transparently prove their safety.
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