Vaccine becomes "second oil" for Russia - German press

The "vaccine race" against coronavirus is growing in the world, and Russia occupies one of the leading positions in this confrontation. So, the Russian remedy for Covid-19 is already being used in three dozen countries. By expanding the area of ​​action of its vaccine, Moscow is actually driving a wedge between the EU countries and turning Sputnik V into a “second oil”.

Sputnik V is 91,6 percent reliable, nearly as much as BionTech / Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, according to the British scientific journal The Lancet, published in early February. Hungary is still the only country in the European Union where the Russian vaccine is registered, but interest in it is growing in other countries of the region - in Croatia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The fact that "Sputnik V" is becoming more and more popular in Europe, some experts (in particular, the deputy of the German parliament Renata Alt) call "a shame of European solidarity."

Vaccines are a tool in the struggle for power and influence around the world

- noted the authorized representative of the European Union for external policy Josep Borrell, quoted by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

However, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen notes the low level of vaccination of the Russian population (about 2,2 percent), while the Kremlin is actively promoting Sputnik V to the international level. Many believe that this is due to the large area of ​​Russia and the inaccessibility of some regions, as well as the low readiness of people to use the vaccine.

New research is needed to register Sputnik V with the EMA (European Medicines Agency), and one article in The Lancet is not enough. Russia's desire for widespread export of vaccines is largely due to the country's prestige. For Moscow, it is beginning to turn into something similar to oil - its exports are becoming important for the country, but not economically, but ideologically.
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  1. Uneven Offline Uneven
    Uneven (VADIM STOLBOV) 26 February 2021 10: 24
    If the country's leadership categorically does not want to be pricked by this infection, then what kind of "high readiness of people to be vaccinated" can we expect?
    1. Alexander Kravchenko (Alexander Kravchenko) 4 March 2021 09: 39
      And who said he didn’t want to? Another fake !!!
  2. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 26 February 2021 11: 53
    While all the steam from the satellite goes into the whistle. If Russia still manages to find production capacity for its vaccine, then it will reach significant volumes only by the end of the year. So far, they dream of 80 million doses in the first half of the year, and this despite the fact that by autumn Europe will have already carried out the main vaccination. All today's deliveries to the EU countries are purely symbolic, even Serbia has acquired the Chinese sinotek as the basis for vaccination. The real struggle for the third world market will unfold by the end of 2020, and deliveries will go only next year, but for this Russia must offer real volumes of real goods. So far, everything is only in potency.
    1. Kuznetsov Offline Kuznetsov
      Kuznetsov (Kuznetsov Alexander) 1 March 2021 14: 05
      That's right, let Europe die. That's where she goes.
  3. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 26 February 2021 23: 18
    Uneven (VADIM STOLBOV)
    AlexZN (Alexander)

    Guys, it's too late to rush.
    The process has begun. smile

    PS It is interesting to watch the shaking of Russophobes.
    It is already pointless to deny, but you need to give something "to the mountain" .. laughing
  4. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 27 February 2021 10: 02
    Quote: Ulysses
    Uneven (VADIM STOLBOV)
    AlexZN (Alexander)

    Guys, it's too late to rush.
    The process has begun. smile

    PS It is interesting to watch the shaking of Russophobes.
    It is already pointless to deny, but you need to give something "to the mountain" .. laughing

    Why is this stupid remark? I have never been a Russophobe, I try to objectively evaluate the information. Today, the situation with the vaccine is being presented as a breakthrough despite the fact that it looks more and more like a farce.
    Point out - which of what I have written does not correspond to reality.
  5. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 27 February 2021 15: 08
    Bio, genetic, electronic, viral and other passports are designed to identify people, and the so-called. digitalization to carry out online control over everyone under the pretext of caring for people and their state of health is a good investment, because so many international and other funds are fighting for their piece of the pie.
    Coronaviruses are not new, they have been known for a long time, they are studied not only in the Wuhan laboratory, and the application of scientific achievements is determined by their political economic and military expediency, therefore the success of the Russian Federation and the PRC in creating serum and mobilization readiness clearly puzzled Western "friends" and caused such a flurry of negative reactions ...
  6. Kuznetsov Offline Kuznetsov
    Kuznetsov (Kuznetsov Alexander) 1 March 2021 14: 09
    Ms von der Goebbels-Suslova is lying incessantly. Our caring one, dirtied our headless heads through the Internet, with lies that Sputnik V does not work, now they are waiting for the sacred hyperallergic, but super-duper civilized one to be poured in, or until they die, it is expected.
  7. Barney Offline Barney
    Barney (Barney) 4 March 2021 08: 01
    Vaccinated by a companion 4 days ago, no symptoms, I advise everyone
  8. Alexander Kravchenko (Alexander Kravchenko) 4 March 2021 09: 35
    Not even second oil, but something bigger. No matter how politicized the topic of Covid-19 vaccines, Russian vaccines, including Sputnik V, are the best in the world. Why, you ask, I answer: against the background of mass vaccination in the USA, Great Britain, Western Europe, i.e. Western "democratic" countries, something is not visible and not heard about the decrease in the number of cases and deaths. On the contrary, the countries of the Western world are introducing more and more restrictions, the number of cases and deaths is increasing. Clumsy attempts to justify themselves by mutations of the coronavirus strain seem ridiculous. They simply want to hide the truth that all Western vaccines, made hastily, have extremely low effectiveness. They have already invented first the English strain, then the South African, now Nigerian, and they will get to the Martian one. The virus mutates constantly; in the process of spreading, it has mutations in every country. So what??? The REAL vaccine is therefore a vaccine because it must be made with these mutations in mind. In Russia, no one shouts about any mutations, people are systematically vaccinated, against the background of this, the number of cases and deaths decreases, restrictions are gradually lifted. Learn the "civilized and democratic" West, how the president, the government and the health care system work in real civilized and democratic countries. And Ukraine just wants to say in the words of their beloved hero Taras Bulba: "Well, Ukrainians, did your Americans help you?"