Russia is facing massive unfair competition offensives against anti-Covid vaccines produced in the country, said the Kremlin spokesman who also denounces “fierce attacks”.
The Kremlin believes that cooperation between different countries in the production of Covid-19 vaccines must be completely depoliticized.
“Unfortunately, we have encountered very massive manifestations of unfair competition. Let us remember the attacks that took place on Sputnik V. Absolutely fierce. Of course, there was no sign of cooperation, ”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday (December 27th) in an interview with Rossia-1.
Despite this hostile context, according to him, the first Russian vaccine Sputnik V has become “one of the most requested vaccines in the world” making the attacks against it invalid.
Peskov also recalled that “from the start, [Vladimir] Putin believed that in this situation all countries must show the most responsible behavior in terms of vaccine production, [et] in terms of sharing this vaccine ”.
The Kremlin spokesman also underlined that during the Russian president’s speech at the G20 summit last November, he addressed this subject. “In his speech, the Head of State mentioned the fact that cooperation in the production of a vaccine, in development, in trials must be absolutely depoliticized, should be devoid of any government pressure as well as certain elements competition, ”Peskov said.
At the end of October, Kirill Dmitriev, director of the Russian Sovereign Fund which funded the development of the first Sputnik V vaccine, compared the geopolitical clash over the Covid-19 vaccine and attempts to undermine confidence in the Russian vaccine with the “animal fight around the water point”. “I think (…) the example of the battle for vaccines is very interesting as an example of a geopolitical confrontation. Because it has become really toxic, we hoped that there would not be such a confrontation, but here it is ”, regretted Dmitriev at a meeting of the international discussion club Valdai last October. which was devoted “to the lessons of the pandemic” and to the question “How to transform the global crisis into an opportunity for the world?”.