Russia offered to help the US secure its coronavirus vaccine, but the Americans turned it down, CNN reported Thursday.
Russia this week became the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, known as Sputnik V.
But experts say the development was rushed, test data and methodologies are being kept secret, and truncated testing may have missed detrimental side effects.
Russian officials told CNN they offered the US help, and access to the Sputnik V vaccine, but were rebuffed.
One US public-health official told CNN: “There’s no way in hell the US tries this [Russian vaccine] on monkeys, let alone people.”
The US has contributed funding to several vaccine projects as part of Operation Warp Speed, a plan to have 300 million doses of a safe and effective vaccine available by January.
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Russia offered to lend a hand to US efforts to access or develop a coronavirus vaccine, but the Americans…