Viktor Medvedchuk: We will seek producing Russian vaccine in Ukraine, despite the hysteria of the U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has de facto ordered the current Ukrainian government to refuse from purchasing the Russian vaccine – the world’s first registered vaccine against COVID-19 – and from establishing its production in our country. However, millions of Ukrainian citizens hope that the Ukrainian authorities will somehow show common sense and put people’s lives and health above the interests of their overseas masters.
This was stated by the chair of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk at a briefing following a meeting in Moscow with the leadership of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which discussed the production of Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Ukraine.
According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the uniqueness of the Russian vaccine is in the use of two different vectors based on human adenovirus, which provides a stronger and longer-lasting immune response compared to vaccines that use the same vector for two injections. As a result, the effectiveness of the vaccine is above 95%. Besides, the affordable price of this vaccine makes sense. The cost of one full dose of Sputnik V vaccine for a foreign consumer (two injections) will be less than USD20. In addition, possible production in Ukraine will significantly reduce logistics costs.
However, as Viktor Medvedchuk noted, after his first talks on the purchase of the Russian vaccine, the U.S. Embassy immediately summoned the Minister of Health of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov to the carpet.
“Our Minister of Health was invited, and the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine came out and said (notice, not the Secretary of Health, but the Chargé d’Affaires) that Ukraine would not buy the Russian vaccine. This followed my meeting with the President of the Russian Federation Volodymyr Putin on October 6 when I asked him to provide an opportunity to purchase this vaccine for the citizens of Ukraine,” the politician said.
He stressed: “This is the ‘answer’ from the government. I was not mistaken here, because given the external governance introduced in Ukraine by the United States, this time the ‘answer’ (unacceptable to me, but acceptable to the authorities in Kyiv) came from a representative of the United States.”
According to the MP, such another rude U.S. meddling in the internal affairs of Ukraine and appeals of public organizations became an incentive for him to continue negotiations not just on the purchase of the vaccine, but on its production in Ukraine.
“After thousands of organizations and people addressed me, our political force, I decided to continue these talks and again asked Mr. Putin to study, discuss and decide on the possibility of producing this vaccine in Ukraine. It is difficult for me to say what will happen tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, in terms of what we have discussed here and why Russia has decided to transfer the technology of vaccine and raw material production, i.e. the cell line for its production. Let’s look at the reaction from the government,” the politician said.
“I want to say that our political force and I, as its representative, have done everything to ensure that such a vaccine can not only be purchased in Ukraine, but also produced in Ukraine in the interests of our citizens to protect against coronavirus, to protect against pandemic, which is, unfortunately, relevant today for all countries,” Viktor Medvedchuk said.