Why many in Russia are reluctant to have Sputnik vaccine
By Sarah Rainsford
BBC News, Moscow, Published
The RDIF says it will supply foreign markets from plants abroad, not with doses meant for Russians, but it has given no details yet, nor a timetable.
“For Putin, creating the vaccine was a way to prove to the world that Russia is a developed, major country able to achieve great success in spheres which demand a lot of skill and technology,” Tatiana Stanovaya of the R.Politik analysis firm argues.
But EU-wide approval of Sputnik remains a difficult goal as a result.
“When you decide to buy the Russian vaccine, it seems like you invest in or approve of the achievements of Putin’s regime or Putin himself,” she says.