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Sun May 2, 2021, 08:04 PM

Russian Attempts to Expand Sputnik Vaccine Set Off Discord in Europe

Source: New York Times

Russian Attempts to Expand Sputnik Vaccine Set Off Discord in Europe

Political turmoil in Slovakia is an example of how Russia’s vaccine diplomacy, which has divided politicians across Europe, can have negative side effects for a recipient country.

By Andrew Higgins
May 2, 2021
Updated 1:08 p.m. ET

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — When Slovakia’s prime minister welcomed a military aircraft carrying 200,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia in March, he posed proudly for photographs on the tarmac in front of crates stuffed with what he expected to be his country’s medical salvation.

Slovakia at the time had the world’s highest per-capita death rate from Covid-19, and the arrival of the Russian vaccine offered a rare glimmer of hope. For Russia it offered big benefits, too: a small but symbolically important new market for its product in the European Union, which has so far declined to register the vaccine and urged member states to hold off on orders until approval is granted.

But the effort by the Slovakian leader, Igor Matovic, soon blew up in his face, costing him his job and almost toppling the whole government — just three months after it adopted a new security strategy rooted in unequivocal support for NATO and wariness of Russia.

The strongly pro-Western Slovak government, torn between its commitment to abide by European rules and desperation for a way out of the health crisis, spasmed in crisis for weeks.

It remains unclear whether Sputnik V, the world’s first registered vaccine, is the medical breakthrough proclaimed last summer by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, but it has already proved itself to be remarkably effective in spreading disarray and division in Europe.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/02/world/europe/russia-slovakia-europe-coronavirus-sputnik-vaccine.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:19 PM

1. Russians are like Republicans. They don't do much.

When it comes to doing things it is from the top down. Russia probably copied our vaccine like they do everything.

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Response to pwb (Reply #1)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:11 AM

2. It actually was the first vax for COVID registered in the world, started Phase I trials in June 2020

and uses a different tech than Pfizer and Moderna (both RNA-based). It is a viral two-vector vaccine based on two human adenoviruses.

I think it was a shady rush job, and would never get it.

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