Jul 07, 2022
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Using the vaccine on a large scale Country Email List without waiting for the results of clinical trials sounds like a human experiment. Only an authoritarian system like Russia can afford it, it would be inconceivable in Western democracies. With this background, it is not Country Email List yet possible to predict whether the Russian vaccine – which the Russians will probably call “Sputnik V” – is effective or, on the contrary, harmful. Whether the Russians' unconventional procedure will succeed remains to be seen. If Russia becomes the first country with effective Country Email List protection against covid-19 and makes it available to its population. It will actually have Country Email List something of "Sputnik", as in the 1950s, when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite terrestrial artificial. Russia would then have an advantage in a technological race that would bring prestige and economic Country Email List benefits. In the case of not achieving it, the damage would be equally great. I cannot imagine Russia knowingly taking such a risk and, in that sense, I suppose it is convinced that it is on the right track. But this self-perception could be misleading. Why the investigation of a vaccine against the Country Email List coronavirus became the new battlefield of geopolitics? The development of vaccines, a Country Email List strategic issue to overcome this crisis of the century, is indeed what we used to call "global collective goods". That is, the production of material or immaterial goods that are essential for much of the Country Email List world, such as international security, free trade routes or an intact environment. Those who were leaders in the manufacture of these products traditionally determined international policy in other areas as well. Those were, in a way, the tools of the hegemonic countries. If vaccines are the new global Country Email List collective goods, it is not surprising that a race for them has begun.