Monday, August 2

Sputnik V vaccine: how it went from generating distrust to being an instrument for the influence of Russia in the world (including Latin America)

  • Jose Carlos Cueto
  • BBC World News

Russian flag with syringes.


Things seem to have changed radically for Sputnik V in just about three months.

When Russia announced last November that its coronavirus vaccine was 92% effective, the news was greeted with hope but also with much skepticism.

The secrecy surrounding clinical trials and the “rush” criticized by some of the scientific community did not inspire much confidence, not even in Russians themselves.

Today, three months after that announcement, things seem to have changed greatly.

Russians are slowly beginning to trust their vaccine and its efficacy was recently endorsed by the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet.

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