Sociologists estimate that 64% of Russians believe that the coronavirus was created artificially as a new form of biological weapon. Only 23% believe that the virus originated naturally. At the same time, Russians are less and less afraid of contracting covid. This was stated by 56% of respondents, 43%, on the contrary, are afraid of it.
In October 2020, the number of those who were afraid of infection was more - 64%. Most importantly, the number of those who are ready to be vaccinated with the domestic vaccine "Sputnik V" has decreased. There are only 30% of them, another 62% are not ready. In December, 38% said they were ready to be vaccinated with Sputnik.
We are often shown on TV how the domestic vaccine "Sputnik V" is delivered to the most remote corners of our country, and also walks confidently around the world. It is already registered in over 30 countries. People are eager to get the Russian vaccine. Like any other. There is a total shortage of vaccines in the world. Against this background, the situation in the country, which was the first to register the drug against COVID-19, looks relaxed.
The daily statistics of morbidity values that are not high compared to peak autumn levels are soothing. Judging by official information, there is no second or third wave in our country and is not expected, and the latest coronavirus restrictions are about to fall. Against this background, strict quarantines in Europe and closed borders look like a complete dissonance. Or do they not tell us something?
We do not actively promote vaccination, many ordinary people believe the most dense rumors about vaccination and are in no hurry to inject. The country that was the first to launch Sputnik V is today in the top ten countries in terms of the number of vaccinated per 100 thousand inhabitants. As Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said a few days ago, it is planned to produce 88 million sets of vaccines by the end of the first half of the year. 90% of this volume is just Sputnik V, the rest is EpiVacCorona.
To date, less than 4 million people have been vaccinated, and less than 2 million have received two doses. For comparison: in the United States, 1.7 million people are vaccinated per day. And if our share of fully vaccinated people is just over 1.5% of the population, then in different states of the United States it ranges from 6% to more than 20%.
Our indicators are worse than in Turkey, where there is no vaccine of its own. And worse than the performance of any EU country, including the lagging Baltic countries. America will achieve herd immunity no later than summer. We prefer to say that everyone will be vaccinated by summer. However, we must admit that this is not the same thing. Especially if the number of applicants falls before our eyes.
The leader in the proportion of vaccinated is Israel, where more than 30% of the population received the vaccine. The country is preparing to fully open its borders in the summer. In European countries, rates vary: on the continent itself, from about 2.5-3% of those who received both doses to 30% of those who received only the first injection in the UK. In the latter case, the number of those who received both doses, however, does not exceed 2%, while in the EU the number of those vaccinated with the first and second doses differs by no more than two times. For the first time, about 5-7% of the population were injected there. The British took a different path, believing that the first injection gives immunity, and in a hurry to inject the maximum number at least once.
In Russia, we are clearly dealing with widespread covid and vaccine skepticism, which is not opposed by any intelligible educational work. Well, people do not want to be vaccinated - well, God bless them.
On the other hand, if the information frenzy around vaccinations were raised, then the unpleasant circumstance would immediately be revealed that the vaccine is still clearly not produced in our country to ensure high rates of vaccination in order to achieve collective immunity at least by autumn.
Why, then, the scarce Sputnik V is sent abroad? Where, say, in distant Argentina, they literally choke behind him, and we have no crush, to put it mildly, no. In this, too, you can see your logic.
This, too, can be seen as a logic - in addition to pure commerce and the desire to "recoup money" invested in the development of a vaccine.The more countries register Sputnik, the sooner it will be recognized at the international level as a whole. And the easier it will be for Russians who have been vaccinated to get the very "passport" of vaccination, the creation of which it seems to be going on at the international level. And the easier it will be for such our fellow citizens to start moving around the world. And when this moment is "cut through" by those fellow citizens who are still pondering whether they should be vaccinated, then there may be excitement around the injections that give a "pass" to the post-like world.