Viktor Medvedchuk: Russian vaccine against coronavirus is already being shipped abroad
Leaders of the 20 most economically developed countries have pledged to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, tests and medicines against COVID-19 around the world and to do whatever is necessary to support poorer states as they struggle to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
It is clear that Ukraine, as the economically and socially poorest country in Europe, can apply for preferential treatment of the much-needed vaccine. There are all necessary opportunities: Russian President V. Putin told the leaders of the G20 that Russia is ready to provide the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to other countries that need it, as reported by Reuters.
Russia is ready to supply the Sputnik V vaccine to Ukraine, which has already been officially announced. But immediately after the Minister of Health of Ukraine M. Stepanov had timidly mentioned the possibility of buying Sputnik V, he was told off at the U.S. Embassy. Soon, the Ukrainian government refused to buy the Russian vaccine. Moreover, it was not even an ambassador who “gave hard time” to the Minister, but the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien. What about external rule in Ukraine?
Hungary, meanwhile, announced on November 5 that a shipment of a consignment of Russian COVID-19 vaccine was scheduled for December. This was reported by Reuters, citing a video statement by the country’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. “Russia will start shipping small doses of vaccine in December to complete clinical trials, test the vaccine here and complete the licensing process. They said that they would be able to start large-scale supplies from the second or third week of January,” the Hungarian Foreign Minister said. In the second half of November, as he announced, the country received the first consignment of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus infection.
More than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, as well as Latin America and Southeast Asia, in many of which the standard of living and the development of healthcare system are much higher than in Ukraine, have shown interest in obtaining the Russian vaccine by early October 2020. Fortunately, the dubious radiologist from the United States, who has also held the post for a long time, will not be entrusted as the Minister of Health to manage healthcare illegally everywhere.
The chief sanitary doctor V. Lyashko on Facebook said that COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility) confirmed the information on the allocation of a vaccine against coronavirus disease to Ukraine free of charge for 20% of the population. However, this is clearly not enough to overcome the pandemic, experts say that there must be 70% of those who have acquired immunity, including through vaccination, often twice one.
Therefore, you have to buy a vaccine. Moreover, the Russian vaccine wins both in price and in storage conditions – it can be stored for a long time in the freezer of an ordinary refrigerator, and not at an ultra-low temperature of minus 75-80 degrees, as required by the American-German vaccine, the price of which is much higher than of the Russian one.
I am sure that the government should use all opportunities to fight the pandemic, because it is not only about the life and health of Ukrainian citizens, although they should come first. The state that is the first to overcome the consequences of the pandemic has a chance to receive a serious impetus for its development and economic recovery. However, the Ukrainian government, which is ready, like with Western loans, to hook Ukraine on the needle for vaccine supplies from one source, does not understand this. Probably, it is forbidden to understand it.
Chair of the Political Council of the OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE party