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White House adviser questions Russian vaccine testing standards

WASHINGTON: White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday responded to the news that Russia claims to have registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, arguing that the country has not done the necessary amount of testing.
“We have six candidates, vaccine candidates, fully developing. I think we’ve got 3 or so in phase 3, which is the final phase, the testing phase,” Conway told reporters. “It doesn’t seem based on these reports out of Russia that they are actually in that type of phase, where you are actually doing the clinical trials, the human trials.”
Conway also cited the government’s infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci, who had previously expressed concern over whether Russia and China would test vaccine candidates using standards similar to the ones used in the US.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the Russian vaccine and will address the issue during a press conference, Conway said. (DPA)