Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that his country had approved the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, and it would be available for general inoculation the January 2021.
But the vaccine has not undergone phase-3 trials, which are deemed important to guarantee the safety of a vaccine, and can help indicate side effects.
Insider asked Russian citizens in the cities of St. Petersburg and Pskov whether they would voluntarily take the new vaccine.
While some said they would use the vaccine, despite the widespread concerns about its safety, many others said they would not.
Some of those who doubted the vaccine said the risk of side effects is too high, while others gave more scientifically dubious reasons.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that his government had approved the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for mass inoculation, amid widespread doubts over its safety and efficacy.