Russian scientists responsible for creating the country's coronavirus vaccine are calling for the US to reconsider Sputnik-V following the news of US President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis.
"Now would be a good time for the US to seriously consider the Russian vaccine to defend themselves against Covid-19," Vladimir Gushchin, head of the laboratory at the Gamaleya Institute told CNN’s Matthew Chance.
“Trump would not be in this situation if he'd been vaccinated with Sputnik-V,” Gushchin claimed.
Alexander Gintsburg, director of the institute that created Sputnik-V, told Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that Russia was ready to help the US if they asked for support. “I think that if they officially turn to Russian authorities, we will be able to help them,” Gintsburg told RIA on Friday.
Gintsburg said he expects the US will be able to take care of their President, but it would have been good to have vaccinated Trump with the Russian vaccine, adding there are other US officials who should now consider taking Sputnik-V.
Moscow fast-tracked the approval of Sputnik-V before phase 3 human trials had started, generating criticism outside Russia.
CNN previously reported in August that Russian officials in Moscow had offered "unprecedented cooperation" with Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the US multi-agency body set up to accelerate access to effective Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.
But officials told CNN at the time that the "US is not currently open" to the Russian medical advances.