Peshko asked Medvedchuk to agree on Russian vaccine production in Ukraine.
Address to the head of the political council of the party “Opposition platform – For life”, people’s deputy Victor Medvedchuk.
Dear Victor Vladimirovich!
As you yourself noted, coronavirus does not spare anyone. And no one is spared. The President and his wife, almost a hundred deputies and ministers have already experienced this disease. Ironically, the head of the Ministry of Health was also left with the coronavirus. Therefore, we believe that there is no need to spread the word about what is the current pandemic.
But it is not only about the consequences of the disease for an individual, for an individual organism. The whole state “organism” suffers as well. Our already weak economy is being hit harder and harder, and small and medium businesses are suffering. And the démarches of mayors and local managers who refuse to adhere to quarantine can be called that new separatism, which risks burying the unity of our country. As you can see, the consequences of coronavirus lie not only in the purely medical plane.
Consequently, it is necessary to stop the spread of the disease immediately. This is the task at the moment. And for the future – it is necessary to minimize its recurrence, all these second, third and tenth “waves”, which scare the society forecasters. How can we do it?
As a matter of fact, nothing better than vaccination has been invented today. It is not a universal means, but the most effective of what mankind has invented over the centuries of its meaningful existence. Yes, it would be ideal if Ukraine was the first to make its own developments in this field. It would raise the authority of the power and strengthen its reputation. But, alas, the first coronavirus vaccine was not produced by our scientists.
As you certainly know, many countries are conducting research and clinical trials in this field. Some of them are more successful, while others are less successful. Russia has already succeeded. The drug, called “Sputnik V”, has shown efficiency at the level of 94.5%. It is based on adenovirus. It is known that such vaccines have been used before and are considered quite reliable. According to the developers, cell immunity to coronavirus after the use of “Sputnik” can last up to two years. That is quite enough to stop the virus spreading chain.
Meanwhile, the founder of the German company BioNTech, together with American partners from Pfizer, who developed their own vaccine, says that, using their drug, it will be possible to stop the spread of the disease only by winter 2021-2022.
Ukraine simply does not have this extra year. The rates are too high, because, as statistics show, the number of diseases in our country is growing almost exponentially.
But it’s not just about the “swaying” of vaccine manufacturers, and it’s not about the percentages that determine the effectiveness of its impact on the body. It is also a matter of logistics, and the readiness of the producing countries to “share” with Ukraine their invention.
Thus, for example, the vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer has logistic problems related to storage conditions, which can be a very big problem in Ukraine. Besides, this vaccine has already been contracted in large volumes by the European Union and the USA. Nobody knows when Ukraine can get it.
After all, even US President Trump promised to provide the vaccine to American citizens no sooner than next April. Is it necessary to say that Ukraine is not in the priorities of the United States and European countries in any way? They would have to protect their own population, and already in the second (if not the tenth) turn to think about the “third world”.
Against the background of all this situation, which looks almost hopeless, Russia is ready to provide Ukraine with its vaccine now, thanks to you. We know that you have agreed on the possibility to supply Sputnik V, bypassing the huge queue of 50 countries in the world. Our authorities have evidently refused this possibility. This is despite the fact that Russian vaccine is purchased by such advanced countries as Israel, Czech Republic, Hungary. Brazil, China and India are ready to develop it together with Russia, while Kazakhstan, India and Turkey are ready to produce it.
And we know that “Sputnik V” is not the only development of Russian scientists, there are also alternatives. Their value proves the interest shown by the EU countries and Israel, which remains a kind of standard of medical service.
We are convinced that when the survival of all Ukrainian people is at stake, all political differences can and should be put on pause. Therefore, we ask you, Viktor Vladimirovich, to agree on its production on the territory of Ukraine, since the Ukrainian government is so demonstratively unwilling to buy it.
This is a chance that no one dares to miss. Politics cannot be higher and more valuable than human life. We ask you to help millions of Ukrainians, to save their lives and health!
With deep respect,
academician and first vice president of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences,
PhD in economics, candidate of medical sciences