The only discernible difference between Russia’s vaccine and others is that this one has skipped most of the testing phases

• Russia’s coronavirus vaccine: will it work, and is it safe?

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been one hope that we’ve all relied on. We’re all waiting, with bated breath, for the day that scientists announce a successful coronavirus vaccine, because then we can get a jab and go back to the humdrum existence we enjoyed in 2019.

And, according to Russia, that day is today. In the last 24 hours, Vladimir Putin has apparently approved the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. Big news indeed.

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Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz is an epidemiologist working in chronic disease

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