How Russian vaccine Sputnik V spread through Latin America
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Russia is becoming a major provider of Covid-19 vaccines to Latin America, a move that could have long-standing consequences in shaping the post-pandemic world and further dent US prestige in the region.
While Moscow faces protests at home and condemnation over human rights issues from the US, France, UK, Canada and other Western countries, those issues have had little resonance in Latin America, where the recent publication of a positive peer-reviewed assessment of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in The Lancet, Britain’s leading medical journal, was widely celebrated.
Eduardo Valdes, a former diplomat and member of government coalition Frente de Todos, who now serves as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies, says there’s a clear line between vaccine negotiations and external factors.
Turning to Moscow for help
Though historically seen as Washington’s geopolitical “backyard,” Latin America is increasingly turning to Moscow for help dealing with the pandemic. Six countries across the region — Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Venezuela — have now authorized use of the Sputnik V vaccine. Others are considering authorization requests, ever more urgent given the global shortage of available vaccines.
February 17, 2021 at 4:37 PM #404352djean111Participant
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Not saying Russia is perfect, by any means, but – doesn’t the US pretty much fuck over everybody in Latin America? Because Latin America is “our back yard”?
America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)
February 17, 2021 at 8:04 PM #404429EarthartistParticipant
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So how can you get Russia’s vaccine?
February 17, 2021 at 8:59 PM #404455Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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The only thing I’ve seen the US export is bombs and drones.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63
February 17, 2021 at 11:15 PM #4044863fingerbrownParticipant
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I haven’t taken the vaccine yet and hoped not to, but if I had to pick between Sputnik V over American Big Pharma vaccines, I would go with Russia’s.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
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