Putin Questions Moderna’s ‘Best’ Coronavirus Vaccine Recognition

Russian scientists and President Vladimir Putin raised objections Thursday after an annual vaccine conference named Moderna’s coronavirus jab the best in the world.

The U.S. pharmaceutical giant’s jab was recognized as the world’s best Covid-19 vaccine at the annual World Vaccine Congress earlier in the day, edging out competitors including Pfizer-BioNTech and Russia’s Sputnik V.

Putin, speaking at a televised video conference with an official who heads the national coronavirus response, questioned the congress’ selection as premature.

“I understand that world markets have decided to support the American vaccine Moderna, which is competing aggressively with another American-European company Pfizer,” Putin said.

“Our colleagues abroad say that this will be a completely innovative, very modern drug,” he was quoted by the state-run TASS news agency as saying. “However, whether this will actually be the case will only be clear 10 years after application and analysis of the results.”

Putin, a vocal proponent of Sputnik V since its authorization in Russia last summer, contrasted Moderna’s previously unproven messenger RNA technology with “technologies and platforms that have been used for decades” like Sputnik V’s adenovirus vector technology.

Russian vaccines, Interfax quoted him as saying, “are very modern and without a doubt the most reliable and the safest today.”

“As one European expert said, they’re reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle. I think he’s certainly right.”

Alexander Gintsburg, who heads the state research center that developed Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, called the World Vaccine Congress’ decision a “strange choice.”

“I can say that it’s absolutely unclear how all this was evaluated, given the high mortality rate from mRNA vaccines,” TASS quoted Gintsburg as saying. 

“It’s unclear on what grounds and on what particular unbiased criteria this was based.”

(c) The Moscow Times


  1. “It’s unclear on what grounds and on what particular unbiased criteria this was based.”

    For a start, here is the WHO listing for companies whose vaccine is allowed to be used for emergency use. Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Astrazeneca-SK Bio, Serum Institute of India and Janssen. These companies received the green light from the WHO for data received on effectiveness and safety. I see one country’s bat virus vaccine missing, guess which one?

  2. All available vaccines are dangerous. None has been properly tested and the number of vaccine injuries and deaths have been under reported, just as the Covid cases and deaths have been over reported. From the looks of things, anyone taking any of the vaccines is setting themselves up for an early death.

  3. The best corona vaccine is none. I believe it’s best not to get vaccinated.

    • I agree. None have been proven, and won’t be for years yet. It’s all just a political games for these countries, and instead of spending all this energy in finding a quick cure, use the energy to sort out the source of the virus. ie: sanction the crap out of China.

      • This virus and shown beyond doubt that fear of bat virus land sits deeply in money-grubbing Western countries, or sanctions would already have taken effect by now.

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