In the shadow of the silent Sputnik
In the race for the development, testing and promotion of the coronavirus vaccine, the US authorities do not disdain to neglect the health of their own citizens for political reasons.
According to the correspondent of The Moscow Post, in South Korea they began to produce the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus. First, it will pass the verification stage in this country, after which it is supposed to be used in vaccinating the population. In Russia, mass vaccination is planned next week - 100 thousand doses of vaccine have already been purchased for this.
At the same time, the development, testing and mass introduction of their own vaccines continues in many other countries, primarily in the United States. The truth of the authorities of this country and its sattelites seems to have forgotten that at the forefront of these processes is concern for the health of people, and not political games at all.
Just like this: in the geopolitical plane, the struggle for the production and promotion of its vaccine has turned into a fight against political opponents, and Russia is the main target of attack and discrediting. Today, two vaccines have already been registered in the Russian Federation - except for Sputnik V from the Gamalei center. This and EpiVakKorona from the Vector center.
It would seem that great news for the entire post-Soviet space, because the Russian authorities immediately offered their help in production and vaccination. But where American pharmacists targeted the market, and even with outright political overtones, people have completely different considerations.
Help from the Russian Federation not to accept
As RIA FAN journalists wrote, earlier the Ministry of Health of Ukraine announced a complete ban on the use of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. Allegedly, this is due to "unjustified risks" and "lack of necessary certification" of a new drug in Ukraine.
However, in fact, everyone understands that the decision to abandon the vaccine from the Russian Federation, which our country agreed to even produce in Ukraine, was made not in Kiev, but in Washington. This is an element of political pressure, the price of which is the life and health of people.
Is it a joke, from now on, to Ukrainian doctors who recommend patients a Russian vaccine, they face, attention, criminal prosecution, and medical institutions - sanctions up to closure. At the same time, Ukrainian politicians praise the Western counterparts, first of all, the United States, although their tests began much later, and the effectiveness is no higher than that of the domestic Sputnik.
Earlier, Russia made a direct proposal from the United States to help in the development and vaccination. In addition, the American authorities were invited to test Russian developments themselves to make sure that they were safe. But the White House responded with a categorical refusal. According to Rosbalt, Washington refused to check the vaccine even on monkeys, not to mention people.
Behind this is political myopia - in an effort to minimize Russia's influence in the world, American strategists have reached an extreme degree of cynicism. They can be understood - the lauded US health care system cannot cope with the virus, and scientists do not keep pace with Russia and China. In this light, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden did and are doing everything to squeeze Russia out of these processes, on the one hand - to provide illegal competitive advantages for their own pharmaceutical companies.
All discussions about democracy, transparency and open borders collapse like a house of cards. All this western, and even left-liberal rhetoric turned out to be empty psych.
Fears can be understood - they lose markets even in allied countries. In November, the Israeli Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem ordered 1.5 million doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, the director of the center, Zeev Rothstein, is convinced that the fears voiced in the media regarding the Russian vaccine are unreasonable and are associated with global rivalry between Russia and the United States. " This was written by TASS.
In parallel, another geopolitical opponent of the United States, China, is actively introducing its vaccines to the market. Back in September, Chinese pharmacists from Sinopharm announced that they would send a batch of doses of one of their two experimental vaccines for emergency use in the United Arab Emirates.
The solution with a double bottom: there is a humanitarian aspect and a political one. The UAE is one of the key US allies in the East. Working with the Chinese is very annoying to the United States, and may close this market for American developments. In addition to collaborating with the UAE, Sinopharm is conducting phase III clinical trials in Jordan and Bahrain.
All these facts demanded that the American leadership and pharmacists not only increase political pressure on the wrong countries, but also accelerate their own development. Now there are already several vaccines.
In the second half of November, following Pfizer, the creation of a successful experimental coronavirus vaccine was announced by Moderna Inc., which in March was the first in this country to begin clinical trials of the drug. From that moment, as Novaya Gazeta writes, the "antique race" began to gain momentum.
Wanting to limit Russia to the United States "scum their ears"?
Europe in this situation is expected to go in the US fairway. The European Union immediately showed interest in vaccines from across the ocean: Brussels announced that negotiations with Pfizer and BioNTech on the purchase of 300 million doses had already been completed. In addition, they also reported a desire to purchase other vaccines from AstraZeneca (UK), Sanofi-GSK (France - Britain), Johnson & Johnson (USA) and CureVac (Germany). That is, only from politically correct countries that are not subject to sanctions pressure for the implementation of independent sovereign policies.
Now even the hottest heads will not name the real market for such vaccines. One thing is clear - he will poison pharmacists and the states behind them, becoming a powerful weapon of soft power in promoting his own, often frankly skinny interests. These are billions and billions of dollars that have become an instrument of big politics.
However, two alternative US centers of force - Russia and China (the European Union will no longer be considered such), are much more likely to leave this race winners. Back in June, China announced its intention to cooperate with our country on this issue, Life wrote about it, so isolating the Russian Federation, as they are trying to do in the case of Nord Stream-2, and earlier with the Crimean bridges, will not work.
In the end, those who are determined to be constructive and cooperative will have great opportunities to advance their agenda not only on this, but also on other issues. In a situation of only a worsening political crisis in the United States, this causes fury among Washington hawks. Is it not time for them to be vaccinated against political myopia?