Vaccine Diplomacy: The Surprising Success of Sputnik V




DER SPIEGEL 13/2021











SPIEGEL International



“We staff members were vaccinated before the monkeys, right after the mice and at the same time as the hamsters and guinea pigs.”

Alexander Ginzburg, Director of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology

“We underestimated the degree to which Sputnik would be associated with a race in the West.”

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the state-owned Russian Direct Investment Fund





Gamaleya Director Ginzburg: "I can understand the skepticism. From outside, the process looked overly hasty, as though we were trying to be the first."



Gamaleya Director Ginzburg: “I can understand the skepticism. From outside, the process looked overly hasty, as though we were trying to be the first.”


Foto: Denis Sinyakov / DER SPIEGEL

At the current pace, Russia will need three years before half the population has received at least one dose of vaccine.





People waiting to be vaccinated at the GUM department store on Red Square



People waiting to be vaccinated at the GUM department store on Red Square


Foto: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP

With additional reporting by Alexander Chernyshev





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