Dr. Fauci says he 'seriously doubts' that  Russia's COVID-19 vaccine is 'safe ...

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he had serious doubts that the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, touted by Russian President Vladmir Putin on Tuesday, was safe and effective. 

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spokes with National Geographic in a virtual panel discussion when he expressed his concerns.

'I hope that the Russians have actually, definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective,' Fauci said. 'I seriously doubt that they've done that.'

Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed concern about whether Russia's COVID-19 vaccine was proven to be 'safe and effective'

Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed concern about whether Russia's COVID-19 vaccine was proven to be 'safe and effective'

He continued:  'Having a vaccine, Deborah, and proving that a vaccine is safe and effective are two different things.'

Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. 

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue.

Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing

Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing

The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product, but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before sound science and safety.

Fauci said that the United States has already had several vaccines of its own. 

'If we wanted to take the chance of hurting a lot of people, or giving them something that doesn't work, we could start doing this, you know, next week if we wanted to. But that's not the way it works,' he said. 

Fauci stressed that Americans need to understand that 'announcements from the Chinese or the Russians that [they] have a vaccine' will differ from those made by the U.S. 'because we have a way of doing thing in this country that we care about safety.'  

Fauci stressed that Americans need to understand that 'announcements from the Chinese or the Russians that [they] have a vaccine' will differ from those made by the U.S. 'because we have a way of doing thing in this country that we care about safety'

Fauci stressed that Americans need to understand that 'announcements from the Chinese or the Russians that [they] have a vaccine' will differ from those made by the U.S. 'because we have a way of doing thing in this country that we care about safety'

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters

The director also touched on the threats he and his family have received, ABC News reports. 

'It seems inconceivable, if you just think about it,' Fauci continued, 'that when you're trying to promote public health principles to save people's lives and keep them healthy ... that that's interpreted to be so far from your own way of thinking that you actually want to threaten the person. That's just no way that our society can really function well and go along that way -- we've got to get past that.' 

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

'I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,' said Putin.

He said he

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