The vaccine developed in Russia has raised a lot of questions. Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD, spoke with Lindsey Mastis live during the Coronavirus Alert Desk to explain some of the risks involved with this new vaccine.
He points out that it has not entered a Phase 3 clinical trial.
"That's what most surprised me," he explained.
Not only does he question whether it will work -- but whether it's safe.
And online, many people point to the movie starring Will Smith called "I Am Legend."
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But no, while Dr. Whyte does not believe anyone will transform into a zombie he says there are legitimate concerns about potential side effects. He points to life-altering or even life-threatening side effects that have been linked to other vaccines including Guillain-Barre syndrome. Some side effects could be milder like headache, fever, pain at the injection site. Russian President Vladimir Putin claims one of his daughters experienced slight fevers after getting vaccinated.
No one knows the side effects of a COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine yet.
Dr. Whyte worries that Russia is rushing the process along simply so it can claim it developed a vaccine first.
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