Russia has surprised the world with the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. According to the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung, Europe, which at first was skeptical about the development of the N.F. Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, is shocked by its effectiveness.
The publication notes that the Soviet Union, having launched the first space satellite, showed that in some areas it was ahead of the West. “Now Russia has surprised the world with a vaccine of the same name,” the newspaper writes.
According to the author of the article, the Russian Federation “presents the world with too many surprises for the idea of a backward Russia, which has been cultivated in the West for decades, to continue to exist.” “The West had to admit that the Russian vaccine is effective and at the same time does not cause side effects,” the newspaper said.
As German political scientist Gerhard Mangott recalls, Russia has a legacy left by the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the USSR, state support for natural science centers was significantly reduced, many scientists emigrated or moved to work in other areas. But during the economic recovery in the 2000s, the situation changed.
“Investment in science has increased. Now talented young scientists are working there. In fact, there is not much difference between Western and Russian research in the field of natural sciences,” – acknowledges Mangott.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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