Coronavirus — Sputnik V Gaining Popularity

  • Slovakia is expected to approve the Russian-made vaccine.
  • Hungary is the first nation within the European Union to use the Russian vaccine.
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry offered to vaccinate foreign diplomats working in Russia with the Sputnik V vaccine.

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to be at the forefront of major news around the globe. Currently, there are over 110 million cases and over 2.4 million deaths around the world. The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is becoming very popular in Latin America and the demand for the vaccine continues to increase.

Gam-COVID-Vac, trade-named Sputnik V, is a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and registered on 11 August 2020 by the Russian Ministry of Health.

Furthermore, Slovakia is expected to approve the Russian-made vaccine. In addition, this week, the Association of Unions and Employers’ Associations of the Slovak Republic (AZZZ) stated that its members are ready to cover the possible price difference between the Western-made coronavirus vaccines used in the Republic, which are registered in the European Union, and the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V.

To note, the AZZZ is one of the largest organizations in Slovakia, and its members only want to have the Sputnik V vaccine administered. According, to the Russian Embassy in Slovakia, they receive daily inquires, when and where can Sputnik V could be administered.

The reason for the demand is that Sputnik V is being successfully administered in Hungary. Hungary is the first nation within the European Union to use the Russian vaccine.

It should be noted that the European Medicines Agency has not approved the Sputnik V vaccine. Nevertheless, the positive results of Sputnik V have been published in the February 2021 issue of The Lancet. The publication reported that the effectiveness of the Russian vaccine is 91.6%.

Moreover, the Russian Foreign Ministry offered to vaccinate foreign diplomats working in Russia with the Sputnik V vaccine in order to be immune to the coronavirus. Hence, all the diplomats in Russia can be vaccinated free of charge, while working in the country.

In order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, there has to be a diverse groups of people vaccinated. In reality, there has to be at least 70% of the populous vaccinated to beat the pandemic. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated the “vaccination campaign was sent to all the embassies and offices of the international organizations accredited in Russia.”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is an agency of the European Union (EU) in charge of the evaluation and supervision of medicinal products. Prior to 2004, it was known as the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products or European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA).

Thus far, the diplomats, who accepted the invitation to be vaccinated by the Russian vaccine are from the countries where the Russian vaccine has been approved.

There is a new concern that certain vaccines would not work against the South African Coronavirus strain. Thus far, it has been reported that Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine is not as effective against the new strain.

Overall, there are two nations which refused the Russian vaccine, even if it means there are no other vaccines. One of the nations is Ukraine, which has not started any vaccinations within the country. As a result the COVID-19 numbers continue to increase rapidly.

Another nation is Estonia, where one of the government’s officials made an outlandish statement, claiming that the Russian-made vaccine Sputnik V is a hybrid biological warfare designed to destroy the world. Ironically, Estonia is not condemning China for the pandemic.

With the global vaccine shortages, the Russian vaccine is a great alternative.

Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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