U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested using the “don’t trust but verify” strategy for the Russian coronavirus vaccine. He said this on the air of the American radio program “The Hugh Hewitt Show”.
Pompeo is convinced that in developing the vaccine, Russia and China sought to make “not a medical or epidemiological breakthrough, but a political-diplomatic breakthrough.” The Secretary of State urged other countries to take a close look at both vaccines and make sure they are effective. “If we get a vaccine that doesn’t work, it could lead to further distress and loss of life,” Pompeo said.
Earlier on September 5, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about coronavirus vaccines. He said that he is not very sure about the Russian drug, but the American vaccine, according to him, will become the world standard.
On September 4, the leading medical journal The Lancet published the results of two stages of a clinical trial of the Russian vaccine for coronavirus Sputnik V, which was interpreted in Russia as international recognition of the drug.