Fauci says he has serious doubts Russia's COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective - ABC News

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Summary generated on August 12, 2020

    Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News' Deborah Roberts that he seriously doubts the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V and touted by President Vladimir Putin, has been proven safe and effective.

    Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shared the comments exclusively with National Geographic in a virtual panel discussion hosted and moderated by Roberts.

    Russia's health ministry approved the vaccine after only two months of trials.

    Over 20 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide, the disease caused by the novel , according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

    COVID-19 has killed more than 737,000 people globally.

    In the U.S., the worst-affected country, at least 5,094,565 people have been diagnosed and at least 163,465 have died.

    The Russians plan to start administering dosages to front-line workers by the end of August.

    Fauci also told Roberts that how his family has been receiving death threats, and that the federal government has had to provide them with security services.

    The conversation is moderated by ABC News' Deborah Roberts.