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First vaccines delivered under global Covax scheme; EU program struggles to speed up

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Ukraine also celebrated a landmark Wednesday, giving a doctor the country's first Covid shot, a slow start to its own vaccination program that has sparked widespread anger there.

Ukrainians are angry because their childish government refused the highly effective Sputnik V vaccine even though Ukrainians were willingly to take it.

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Ukrainians are angry because their childish government refused the highly effective Sputnik V vaccine even though Ukrainians were willingly to take it.

So it’s childish to refuse a vaccine? Glad you finally agree.

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I am a Pro Vaxer but I would also refuse the Sputnik.

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There's no longer any reason to denigrate or refuse the Sputnik vaccine, unless you're an anti-vaxxer who would refuse any vaccine. The latest research, as published in the respected UK Lancet, indicates that it's extremely effective.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00191-4/fulltext

https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-study-looking-at-preliminary-efficacy-and-safety-results-from-interim-analysis-of-russian-covid-19-phase-3-vaccine-sputnik-trial/

If you're a citizen of a poor or unimportant country not included in the Western-centred rollouts of Pfizer or AstraZeneca or the rest, then the Sputnik is a lifeline.

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There's no longer any reason to denigrate or refuse the Sputnik vaccine, unless you're an anti-vaxxer who would refuse any vaccine.

That’s what makes the first poster’s stance so confusing. An anti-vaxxer criticising others for refusing a vaccine.

Just makes no damn sense...

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I don't have a problem with vaccines. I have a problem with putting anything in my blood that comes out of Russia. I don't trust Putin.

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And remember, this is the country that created a nuclear power plant with multiple redundancies to prevent a meltdown, and yet, through Russian incompetence, still managed to melt down Chernobyl.

As if I'm putting anything into my blood made from that country.

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@Strangerland

I don't have a problem with vaccines. I have a problem with putting anything in my blood that comes out of Russia. I don't trust Putin.

I 100% agree with you!

I am pro Vaxer, but like I said, I would refuse the Sputnik.

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StrangerlandToday 08:54 am JST

I don't have a problem with vaccines. I have a problem with putting anything in my blood that comes out of Russia.

"Nas mnogo". Russia and Soviets never cared about little things, like side effects, etc. Collateral damage was never an issue.

And the lies about Sputnik-V and request for it's approval in EU are just a joke. They sent the request to European Medical Asociation, which is an institution in Belgium, with shady contacts to Russia. Basically, they don't approve anything in EU. They are just an ordinary, Russian proxy company.

But they are claiming they sent it to European Medicines Agency. Which is not true. And because European Medicines Agency has received no request, there was nothing to test or approve. So Russia claims EU refused Sputnik-V.

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Pfff. Now Ghana has more more vaccines then Japan. Great...

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I am pro Vaxer, but like I said, I would refuse the Sputnik.

I am not Russian but I would do Sputnik all day long.

And if this waiting goes on for another 3 months I would do the Chinese one too.

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Pfff. Now Ghana has more more vaccines then Japan. Great...

Good news for Ghana.

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And Canada plans to receive these vaccines meant for poor countries as well.

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EU polticians minds presets does not allow to speed up whole process,with own antirussian and antichinese propaganda around this will take a long time to vaccinate at least larger part of EU population...thanks to "EU politicians stances"as there is no room for other vaccines from Russia or China in EU so hey will let masses of vulnerable EU citizen to die...thanks to western mentality

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thanks to "EU politicians stances"as there is no room for other vaccines from Russia or China in EU so hey will let masses of vulnerable EU citizen to die...thanks to western mentality

I'm not a politician but I wouldn't trust a Russian or Chinese vaccine either.

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In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19, including newer variants.

The vaccine is likely be authorised on Friday, making it the third available in the country hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

With Pfizer and AstraZeneca each aiming to supply 300 million doses (double-dose jabs) by summer, and now Johnson & Johnson aiming to supply another 100 million doses (single-dose jabs) by summer, the US may actually have an over-supply by summer

Then it becomes more an issue how fast to get those doses into people's arms. The US may actually have enough vaccinations to anyone who wants it by the end of the year

Then hopefully they'll send the extra supplies to poorer countries who need it

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Been in voluntary isolation due to severe asthma for a year now, I'd take my chances with that Sputnik if it were available. My Russian friends reported nothing worse than headaches, mild fever and a pain in the shoulder the kind of you would get when "bumping into a door frame when drunk". Sounds better to me than sitting in my flat for some more months until we get vaccinations going for the "moderately vulnerable".

I'm just tired of giving a wide berch to anybody I meet, I don't need to hug anyone, I don't eat out often or go to the theatre or concerts anymore, I just want to have the chance to do so.

I still don't fancy Astra-Zeneca after what my British friends told me.

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