Dagens Nyheter (Sweden): "I Am Proud That Russia Was The First To Start Vaccination"

Dagens Nyheter (Sweden): "I Am Proud That Russia Was The First To Start Vaccination"
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden): "I Am Proud That Russia Was The First To Start Vaccination"

Video: Dagens Nyheter (Sweden): "I Am Proud That Russia Was The First To Start Vaccination"

Video: Dagens Nyheter 2022, December

In Russia, the coronavirus vaccine is a patriotic project. Many are very proud that the country has begun to vaccinate citizens with the Sputnik V vaccine of its own production. But so far, only certain groups of people are invited to be vaccinated. Dagens Nyheter attended the vaccination procedure for Moscow doctors and teachers.


"Relief. This is the first thing I felt when I learned that we finally have a vaccine against coronavirus. I no longer need to be afraid of death, I do not need to put my employees in danger. In the spring, we had to send people to work, although we knew it was very risky. Sometimes it turned out that we sent people to death."

Maria Sokolova, the chief physician of polyclinic 191 in the northeast of Moscow, says all this very seriously. Then she smiles under a medical mask. “I am proud that Russia has been in the forefront with the coronavirus vaccine. And we are ready to help other countries!"

Russia began to vaccinate citizens on Saturday, so far only in Moscow. In 70 city clinics, people from risk groups are vaccinated with the domestically produced Sputnik V vaccine. President Vladimir Putin mentioned that his own daughter volunteered to test the vaccine. Putin himself, however, has so far refrained from vaccinations, and he is not alone.

When vaccination was just beginning, it was assumed that only people from risk groups - doctors, teachers and social workers - would be vaccinated. But, according to the Russian BBC, clinics also accept people who do not fall into these categories. The reason is probably that too few citizens will be vaccinated otherwise.

Many Russian doctors refuse to be vaccinated because they do not trust Sputnik V. The vaccine was developed very quickly, and its trials were not as extensive as trials of vaccines in other countries.

"I'm not afraid. I think we, in Russia, have the best vaccine. It was developed not by just anyone, but by a very respected research institute, which has all the resources for this,”says nurse Elena Araeva. She was among the first to come this Wednesday to get vaccinated at Polyclinic 191.

Sputnik V was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The vaccine was tested on 16 thousand people, and, according to scientists, its effectiveness is 95%. For comparison, the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer has tested its vaccine on 30 thousand people.

Chief physician Maria Sokolova dismisses the question of how safe the Russian vaccine is, given that it has been tested much less than other drugs abroad.

“What foreign vaccines? As far as I know, only we have started vaccination so far. There is nothing to compare with."

The UK launched vaccinations on December 8th. Russia has overtaken her by three days, and this is hardly an accident. For the Kremlin, the right to say that Russia was ahead of everyone else in the world was a matter of prestige.

The problem is that more and more Russians are skeptical about vaccinations. The anti-vaccination movement is large, and there are doctors among its supporters.

“I don’t notice such a problem. I am the head of a large polyclinic, 230 thousand people are assigned to us. The most common question from them is: when will you start to vaccinate us? Of course, people ask if the vaccine is safe, but this always happens before vaccination. But the most important thing for them is to acquire immunity and stop worrying about what will happen to them if they become infected with the coronavirus,”says Maria Sokolova

All of the patients Dagens Nyheter spoke to received an SMS in advance, offering them the option of voluntarily vaccinating.They registered for vaccinations via the Internet and signed up for a clinic for a specific time. There, they will first have to undergo a ten-minute medical examination. If everything is in order, they are given an injection.

“We make sure that patients come at different times, so that there are no crowds of people contributing to the spread of the virus. We vaccinate only people from 18 to 60 years old, without chronic diseases. Pregnant and lactating women are excluded,”says chief physician Maria Sokolova.

Despite all these efforts, there are still a lot of people in the clinic - after all, vaccination is covered by the press. The Moscow authorities have invited a dozen Russian and foreign media outlets here. Russia is happy to tell the whole world that it has overtaken everyone in the pursuit of immunity against the coronavirus.

“Of course, I am proud to live in a country that is capable of this. We hoped all along that a vaccine would appear soon. How else to live? - says nurse Elena Araeva, having made the first injection. - I am sure that many ordinary citizens will come for the vaccination as soon as they can. They don't want to get sick either."

"Sputnik V" is inoculated twice with an interval of 21 days. Russian pharmaceutical companies are having problems producing the second dose, which means that Russia now has only 500,000 doses in stock, according to Meduza's sources. So there is no talk of mass vaccination yet - 144 million people live in Russia.

Chief physician Maria Sokolova has never heard of the lack of second doses. “I have no information about this. We are ready to accept all patients. All our staff have already taken root."

The situation with coronavirus in Russia is now very serious. The country is in fourth place in the world in terms of the number of infected, and the curve is still going up. Moscow with the region and St. Petersburg suffered the most.

According to the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Belov, the city is now very close to being completely quarantined. With the current restrictions, introduced only in November, when the infection began to actively spread again, it seems that they were late. Both in Moscow and in St. Petersburg, everyone was obliged to wear masks on public transport. In Moscow, restaurants and bars are ordered to close at 23:00.

In St. Petersburg, which is about to become the largest hotbed of infection in Russia, the rules are even stricter. Restaurants and bars are due to close at 7pm. From December 30 to January 3, they are generally prohibited from working. Because of this, a new movement has emerged in Russia with the somewhat misleading name “covid opposition”. One of the owners of the restaurant openly and without hiding his name told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that he and many others reopen after 23:00, when the police finish their round. Hundreds of restaurant owners have publicly announced that they refuse to close their restaurants for the New Year.

In the Russian regions, throughout the fall, they struggled with a shortage of places in hospitals. Patients had to lie in corridors or other completely inappropriate rooms. Much indicates that in megacities, where there are more resources than in the regions, problems with hospital beds may begin.

In other words, Russia is in dire need of a vaccine right now. But in fact, it will take several more months before the entire population can be vaccinated.

“I’m tired of living this way. Therefore, I was vaccinated. I did, then someone else will. And the world will be healthy. Hope! - says the ophthalmologist Ekaterina Skudina, who has already received her dose of the vaccine in a Moscow clinic. - It is impossible to be locked up all the time. And they found a way out. I am proud to be among the first to be vaccinated."

Covid-19 in Russia

On Thursday, the total number of people infected in Russia was 2,569,126. In world statistics, Russia ranks fourth after the United States, India and Brazil.

Russia has already created two vaccines against coronavirus, and now a third is on its way.Now they use the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. According to the scientists of the center, the vaccine is 95% effective.

Now the scale of vaccination in Russia is not particularly large. Only risk groups are officially vaccinated.

According to the BBC, to date, only 100,000 people have been vaccinated in Russia, including doctors, teachers and people from Putin's inner circle.

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