Ukrainian scientist urged Zelenskyi to buy “Sputnik V” vaccine.

Ukrainian scientist urged Zelenskyi to buy “Sputnik V” vaccine.

MOSCOW, 16 November – RIA Novosti. Anatoly Peshko, the First Vice-President of the Academy of Economic Sciences of Ukraine, urged the President of the country Volodymyr Zelensky to purchase the vaccine against coronavirus “Sputnik V” from Russia. He published an appeal to the head of state on Facebook.
Peshko noted that he knew Zelenskyi “as a responsive, kind and humane person” and addressed him in order to “give appropriate instructions to the Ukrainian government to immediately resolve the issue.
“Either purchase of a ready-made vaccine or purchase of technology for independent production from Russia,” the post says.

According to the scientist, the production of “Sputnik V” at Ukrainian pharmaceutical enterprises will help the health care of the country, save the lives of citizens, as well as contribute to the development of the pharmacological industry, the creation of new jobs and increase wages – at least to the employees of the pharmaceutical industry.

He stressed that Kiev must make the only right decision and buy the maximum number of doses for vaccination of Ukrainian citizens from Russia to stop the spread of viral infection.

“The European Union, despite the sanctions regime against Russia, can afford to allow the use of Russian vaccine on its territory. The vaccine is purchased by countries such as Israel, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Brazil, China, South Korea, Turkey and India. So why is Ukraine not ready to put human life above politics? – asked Peshko.

The scientist asked Zelensky to agree with Russian President Vladimir Putin on this issue or to address the chairman of the political council of the party “Opposition Platform – For Life” Victor Medvedchuk, who in early October asked the Russian leader to consider supplying Russian vaccine against COVID-19 to Ukraine.

Putin previously stated that the option of supplying the drug to Kiev was possible, but this issue should be discussed with Ukrainian specialists and an official request should be received from the country’s authorities. Medvedchuk said he tested the Russian vaccine on himself. However, President Zelensky advised not to believe such claims, but to wait for the ‘real vaccine’ promised by the European Union.