Russia announced with great pomp in the summer that it was the first country to successfully produce a vaccine against the disease caused by the new type of virus. Obviously no one was happy. Only one country made an exception.
Russia is known for the ads you have to take with a big punch of salt. This is because everything that comes from Moscow must be viewed with a great deal of skepticism. This happened in the summer, when Moscow announced that the tests made it say that it is ready to be the first country to put a vaccine on the market.
Clinical trials conducted there have not been recognized by the international research community.
And yet, there is a country that trusts. It’s about Venezuela.
Venezuela, the only country that trusts the vaccine produced by Russia
Venezuela, through President Nicolas Maduro, announced that the Caracas government had agreed with Russia to buy 10 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines.
“We have guaranteed over 10 million vaccines for the first quarter of next year (…) and also that Venezuela will manufacture the Russian vaccine in its laboratories,” Nicolas Maduro said at an official event in Caracas.
To show that he really has serious intentions, Maduro sent a special delegation to Russia to “reach vaccine agreements.”
“We will guarantee the production of the vaccine and ensure the supply from January,” said Delcy Rodriguez, present at the presidential ceremony.
But, as I said, all the information coming from Russia must be viewed with a dose of distrust. It is obvious why Venezuela is rushing to support and validate this research. The country is on the brink of collapse and somehow sees a rescue, in the form of aid or any other form, from Russia.
Russia did not publish scientific data on testing its vaccines at the time of the announcement. Therefore, other specialists cannot give an opinion on whether this vaccine is safe and effective. In the middle could be, in fact, political pressure from the Kremlin. Putin wants people to believe that his country is a force, including in the scientific field, even though the reality is different.
Moreover, the alleged vaccine has not been tested enough on humans to prove that it is really useful. In fact, Venezuela is willing to buy it while it is still in the final testing phase. This is what the EU is doing with the Pfizer vaccine.
But the difference in trust is huge or, better said, the comparison is extremely forced.