"Space" success of "Sputnik V": Russia breaks vaccine supply records

The export of Russian vaccines has set a historical record, becoming the largest in the past thirty years. On December 10, RBC reported this with reference to data published by the Federal Customs Service (FCS). In the first ten months of 2021 alone, the volume of exports of Russian drugs that pass the customs classifier as "other vaccines for humans" (which includes Sputnik V) exceeded $ 1,2 billion.

Moreover, deliveries are clearly increasing. So, it was the last month cited in the FCS statistics - October of this year - that became the peak in terms of shipments. The export of vaccines from Russia for the period from October 1 to October 31 amounted to more than $ 356 million, reaching the highest rates in the entire recent history of Russia. For comparison: in previous years, the export of Russian vaccines barely exceeded $ 70 million. And not in one month, but in a whole year.

"Space" success of "Sputnik V"

Sputnik V has not only become the most successful Russian export drug in all the years of post-Soviet development. The speed of its development and launch into production has literally saved millions of people around the planet. People who were abandoned by the collective West to fend for themselves, because they were not born in the countries of the "Golden Billion", which means they do not deserve a vaccine.

At the same time, the very fact of creating effective world-class vaccines in Russia has caused outrage in the countries of the collective West (primarily among the Anglo-Saxons). The latter first announced the clinical lack of evidence of the effectiveness of the Russian vaccine, and then, when it became clear that this was not so, they began to promote the idea of ​​stealing the formula from Western companies. The British secret services and tabloids preferred not to mention that the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, allegedly stolen by "Russian hackers", is much lower than that of "Sputnik V", and it was released later than it.

And yet, despite all the black PR and bureaucratic obstacles, today "Sputnik V" is approved by the regulators of more than seventy countries with a total population of four billion people, ranking second in the number of registrations in the world. And the whole world, as in 1957, is again on the lips of the mysterious Russian word "satellite", which is gradually becoming synonymous with the scientific achievements of Russia.

However, in addition to the obvious - the Russian virological genius, who gave the world not one or two, but already five different vaccines registered by the Ministry of Health, it is important to note the contribution of those involved in the distribution of domestic drugs. Indeed, like any other pharmacological product, a vaccine needs effective promotion on the world market. And behind such a stunning success of the Russian vaccine abroad is primarily the phenomenon of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) - a sovereign investment fund of the Russian Federation, created by the government in 2011 in order to attract investment in leading companies in the fastest growing sectors of the Russian Federation. economics.

The RDIF phenomenon

On December 10, the business publication Kommersant published a long interview with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev. In it, the head of the foundation spoke about how the organization's strategy has changed in recent years and how the pandemic has affected it, and in particular the activities to promote the Russian vaccine.

The first thing we found out - the possibilities are very great, overwhelmingly great. Our export sales of Sputnik are now more than twice as large as the entire annual export of all Russian drugs.

- noted Dmitriev.

It is important to emphasize that the deliveries of Sputnik V have not only become a textbook example of how the commercial and diplomatic sides of the issue are in perfect balance and an example for other Russian state corporations. At the same time, they allowed domestic companies to gain new experience, having received information about the real situation in the international pharmaceutical market. Moreover, the latter turned out to be extremely far from the humanitarian principles promoted by Western politicians.

But we succeeded: we returned funds with a normal profitability and at the same time saw what the pharmaceutical industry is in the world. It was a very rewarding, albeit often very unpleasant experience. (...) Earlier, when people came to us and said: “We have a drug, but big pharma doesn’t want it, it wants to destroy us,” we, frankly, considered them half-crazy. However, faced with a total intention to literally "burn out" the Russian vaccine, to prevent it from gaining a foothold in international markets, we were convinced: "Big Pharma" is not a legend, it really deliberately destroys good Technology and does it very powerfully and systematically

- emphasized the head of the fund.

The phenomenon of RDIF as a large-scale and successful state project looks especially bright against the background of the situation around Rusnano. Led by one of the architects of the voucher privatization, Anatoly Chubais, the latter was also created in 2011, but already as a result of the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. Nevertheless, a decade after its foundation, it is forced to negotiate with creditors on debt restructuring. During the same period, RDIF investments in the domestic economy exceeded 2,1 trillion rubles, more than 90 projects were financed. Moreover, it is important to note that investments became possible as a result of strategic partnerships with leading international investors from 18 countries. That is, while some individuals and organizations withdraw funds from Russia, which is still a question of how honestly they were acquired, the fund helps to equalize the balance of financial transactions at the expense of money attracted to Russian business from abroad. But it is investments aimed at developing export potential - what RDIF does - that can provide Russia with accelerated economic development.

As the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin noted at the plenary session of the international export forum "Made in Russia-2021" held on December 10, exports can act as a driver of the Russian economy only if its growth is maintained at the required level.

For us to use exports as a serious driver of the Russian economy (...), we must grow 5% per year in foreign trade or 15% in the export of non-primary goods and services

- he stressed.

The export of pharmaceutical products, an area in which Russia did not hold a leading position until recently, can act as an ideal springboard for the growth of the Russian presence in the non-resource sectors of the world economy. And the sale of vaccines abroad should be just the beginning. Yes, today the global pharmaceutical market is rigidly divided between large transnational corporations, primarily protecting their commercial interests, but this does not mean that their dominant position will remain forever. The example of Sputnik V and RDIF has shown both Russia itself and the whole world that domestic developments in the field of pharmacology are still competitive in the world market. And the question of their global success lies rather in the area of ​​overcoming bureaucratic obstacles of a political nature, created by other geopolitical players, and, probably, by engaged international organizations. There is no longer any doubt that breakthrough drugs can still be created in Russia.
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  1. Miffer Offline Miffer
    Miffer (Sam Miffers) 12 December 2021 08: 17
    The export of vaccines from Russia for the period from October 1 to October 31 amounted to more than $ 356 million, reaching the highest rates in the entire recent history of Russia.

    Let's start with the fact that all this hysteria with a "deadly virus" was just being whipped up in Russia for the sake of these millions of dollars of profit. Glove masks no longer give the desired effect for pockets, PCR tests are also fizzling out, vaccines are in full swing. The letters of the Greek alphabet to designate new strains are already ending, then the Latin alphabet will be used.
    The modern history of Russia is only about 30 years old, so the "maximum indicators" look rather weak.
    Finally, in terms of vaccination rates, Russia itself ranks 91st in the world; 41.5% of the total population were fully vaccinated. Sparsely, so to speak. The people are clearly in no hurry, despite all the sticks and cakes. And vaccines have to be pushed somewhere, if their own people do not want to, so "Sputnik" flew.
    1. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
      zzdimk 12 December 2021 09: 56
      And you, my friend, are you the same covid-dissident? My father was one. The key word was.
      1. Miffer Offline Miffer
        Miffer (Sam Miffers) 12 December 2021 11: 36
        And you have obvious problems with reading comprehension.
        I didn’t say a word about myself, but voiced well-known things and figures.
        You can try to refute them if you can. And try not to stick your deceased "my friend" in the story.
        1. mister-red Offline mister-red
          mister-red 14 December 2021 01: 37
          I'll try. The success of the vaccine and the number of vaccinated are not related in any way. You habitually trust foreign medicines, although it seems like Russian vaccines have always been good. And your vaccination is not compulsory, as in some countries. Or it is not obligatory, but you will sit at home, which is the same thing.
          Our Sputnik was swept away in a day or two, but there were no supplies for six months. I waited, but I had to be vaccinated with something else. At the beginning of the pandemic, I did not assume that I would give preference to the Chinese one, one thing happened. We contacted a covid patient in a family, my wife and I did not get sick. Mom, vaccinated by Zeneka, spent 3 weeks in the hospital, thank God everything ended well.
      2. zenion Offline zenion
        zenion (zinovy) 13 December 2021 17: 40
        Now your honor instead of your father? You are not aware of the fact that the dead, after the second third vaccination, secretly, became infected with new strains and those from which more unvaccinated were vaccinated. The same vaccine is injected several times. As if one plus one can be, not only two, but also three, four, five. The very thing is pricked, but they want different results.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 12 December 2021 10: 00
    All nonsense.
    Medicines are created by all and sundry, from Romania to Korea.
    Only Russia exported them a little, there is no good progress, not oil, we need to work there. Unlike Western ones.

    And then there is such hysteria ...
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 12 December 2021 14: 05
    For us to use exports as a serious driver of the Russian economy (...), we must grow 5% per year in foreign trade or 15% in the export of non-primary goods and services

    Such "smart", already horror. But where does this "mind" go when the power is received? The huckster, in a word. Their brains always turn off when they see big money. It's never enough for them. Loot is higher than state interests.

    On May 18, 2000, by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, he was appointed Deputy Chairman (Deputy Prime Minister) of the Government of the Russian Federation - Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, also coordinates the work of fiscal services and economic policy in the government. In accordance with the new distribution of responsibilities in the Government (Order dated April 28, 2003), he is in charge of forecasting the country's economic and social development, state financial planning, tax and monetary policy. Alexei Kudrin in the government of Mikhail Kasyanov was Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation.


    breakthrough drugs can still be created in Russia, there is no longer any doubt.

    I never doubted it. Only when such "smart" ones as Kudrin are in power, these breakthroughs are not used in such a way. Make the fool pray to God, he will hurt his forehead. Death of actor Garkalin as an example. A person has a bunch of chronic diseases, but you need to inject. And now don't prove that the vaccine did not exacerbate these diseases!
    1. mister-red Offline mister-red
      mister-red 14 December 2021 01: 44
      Death of actor Garkalin as an example. A person has a bunch of chronic diseases, but you need to inject.

      Garkalin, despite a bunch of chronic diseases, just drank. Maybe this is the problem? My mother, 80 years old, was seriously ill with covid, but recovered. And by the way, I think she has a bunch of chronic diseases no less, the first years of her life fell on the occupation.
  4. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 13 December 2021 17: 35
    From one barrel to bottles with different labels.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 14 December 2021 09: 02
    In our media, there are no statistics, as there are in different countries with covid and mortality. No, it is there, but there is no common one. At least in our country there is no emphasis on this. And today I came across one article on Yandex.
    “The population of planet Earth is about 7,5 billion people, the population of Russia is more than 146 million people. According to statistics published on the Yandex service, on December 12, 2021, 19 people died from COVID-5808 in the world, of which 1132 people in Russia.
    ........ From this we can conclude that the mortality rate from covid-19 in Russia exceeds the world average by 10 (ten!) Times?
    By the way, in this statistics, as of 11.12.2021/91/179, we are in 41,5st place out of XNUMX countries with a vaccination rate of XNUMX%. That is, approximately in the middle.
    But the same picture with mortality from covid-19 is observed in countries with a higher level of vaccination, but there are countries where mortality from covid-19 is comparable to the figures for Russia. For example, according to statistics from 12.12.2021, these are the Netherlands (75,13% of vaccinated), France (71,68% of vaccinated), Austria (70,75% of vaccinated), Turkey (64,05% of vaccinated), Greece (62,49 % vaccinated), Czech Republic (61,43% vaccinated), Poland (53,75% vaccinated).
    Again, for comparison, recalculation should be carried out taking into account the number of population in each country. Otherwise, the statistics are meaningless.

    That is, it turns out that in most cases the mortality rate from covid-19 does not directly depend on the level of vaccination of the population? I have no explanation for this phenomenon, but the numbers indicate exactly this.