Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he would volunteer to take the Russia-made coronavirus vaccine to test it, and the country's government on Tuesday voiced a readiness to cooperate with Moscow on the vaccine's clinical trials and production. But scientists at home and overseas have warned that rushing to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials - which normally last for months and involve thousands of people - could backfire.
Russia's race to allow civilian use of a potential coronavirus vaccine before clinical trials are complete could put people at risk, according to a local association of multinational pharmaceutical companies.
Putin said that his daughter had a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius on the day of the first vaccine injection, and then it dropped to just over 37C on the following day.
"I hope that we will be able to begin mass production in the near future, which is important", Putin said, stressing that inoculation "should be done on a strictly voluntary basis".
Russian Federation has offered to supply or co-manufacture the vaccine in the Philippines, which said it was ready to work with Moscow on trials, supply and production.
Russia's vaccine has been developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute.
Last month, the United States, Britain and Canada accused Russian Federation of trying to steal Western research into coronavirus vaccines and treatments.
He says, "The point is not to be first with a vaccine".
The move paves the way for mass inoculation even as the final stages of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue.
- A registration certificate on the Russian Health Ministry website notes that the vaccine will enter civilian circulation on January 1, 2021.
Other countries are also developing adenoviral vector-based vaccines.
Last month, America's leading infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci expressed doubts about the rigour of the testing process in fast-track vaccine efforts in Russian Federation and China.
That will mean the country - which has southeast Asia's highest coronavirus case total at 136,638 - will effectively be used as a giant testing ground for the jab.
Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine's effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.
According to a report by Bloomberg Quint, Duterte wants to boost relations with Russian Federation and has agreed to conduct human trials in the country.