Most netizens cautious of Sputnik V

Published August 14, 2020, 2:22 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

With President Duterte announcing he would volunteer to be among the first to try Sputnik V, Russia’s vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), currently on Phase 3 clinical trial, are Filipinos just as confident in trying it?

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Twitter user @kerelrazonable is seemingly not eager to do so, urging President Duterte to wait instead for the vaccines being developed by the U.S. and U.K.

She tweeted, “If Duterte is willing to wait for COVID-19 vaccine, go for Moderna and Oxford’s vaccine that have already begun phase 3 trials. We did not sign up to become guinea pigs for Sputnik V’s phase 3.”

@AdefemiIbitayo added, “For the very fact that ‘Sputnik V’ remains a controversial vaccine ought to have discouraged President Duterte, [but] he has even thrown the Philippines into this Russia’s mad race much to the detriment of the masses. Unbelievably, he’s thrusting
himself as a frontline ‘guinea pig.'”

“The Philippines will be conducting phase 3 trials of that Russian vaccine – Sputnik V from October 2020 to March 2021. Many people got played on this one,” added @callmekiele.

Meanwhile, @brevebalm warned that Sputnik V might become the next Dengvaxia, referring to the controversial anti-dengue vaccine that has been blamed for the deaths of several children.

He wrote, “Excuse the [expletive] out of me, are we going for a Dengvaxia 2.0?”

On the other hand, some netizens such as @DrewCamps are not against Sputnik V.

“There is nothing wrong with conducting the Phase 3 Clinical Trials for Sputnik V in the PH,” he wrote. “We’ve been doing that for other vaccines for years here. What is needed is good data from Phases 1 and 2, ethical approval, informed consent, among others.”