CHINA AND RUSSIA VACCINES DEFEAT COLD WAR VIRUS

March 24, 2021 – 7:19 am

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People before profits. Can Capitalism rise above its profit motive and do the right thing? By Finian Cunningham.

A friend in need is a friend indeed, and several countries which may have previously sniffed at vaccines produced by China and Russia are finding truth in the old adage.

China is ramping up supplies of its CoronaVac to Brazil and other Latin American countries where Covid-19 infections are threatening to overwhelm public health services. Brazil has become a new global hotspot for deadly variants of the coronavirus. With nearly 280,000 deaths, the most populous country in Latin America has the second-highest global toll after the United States (533,000).

Meanwhile, several European nations are reportedly in discussions to produce Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine after a breakthrough deal last week with Italy - the first member the European Union - to start local production of the Russian jab. Germany, France and Spain are among other EU states considering similar local manufacturing arrangements for Sputnik V.

The European need is made all the more acute because of the slow rollout of approved vaccines and recently the pausing of the AstraZeneca jab by several nations owing to concerns about potentially fatal side-effects from blood-clotting.

Here’s the thing. China’s and Russia’s vaccines have been shown to be effective against Covid-19 symptoms and safe. The jabs are easily mass produced at an affordable cost compared with Western counterparts, and both China and Russia have said they are willing to provide license agreements for local production which would expedite supply logistics.

China has 17 other vaccines reportedly undergoing trial. So far, there appears to be no ill-effects from administering to humans. The global results speak for themselves. Scores of countries have taken orders for the Chinese and Russian shots. Beijing has donated vaccines to over 50 low-income nations.

China’s and Russia’s vaccines have been shown to be effective against Covid-19 symptoms and safe. The jabs are easily mass produced at an affordable cost compared with Western counterparts, and both China and Russia have said they are willing to provide license agreements for local production which would expedite supply logistics.

How attitudes have changed. Back in December, a Bloomberg headline stated: “China’s struggling to get the world to trust its Covid vaccines”. Among those expressing disdain previously was the right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who said humans undergoing trials for the Chinese vaccine were “guinea pigs” inferring unsafe risks.

Given the crisis that Brazil finds itself in with soaring Covid-19 infections, which critics put down to negligent federal government health policies, Bolsonaro and his cabinet have only been too glad to avail of millions of doses of vaccine from China.

So much so that the Brazilian president has scrubbed the earlier antagonistic rhetoric towards Chinese telecoms giant Huawei which he had adopted in deference to Washington’s hostile China policy. Indeed, Huawei is now being considered by the Brazilian government for 5G modernization of its telecoms network. No doubt, a sign of gratitude that China has come to the Covid rescue.

Similarly, Europe was rather sniffy in its attitude towards Russia’s Sputnik V. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council chief Charles Michel have insinuated that China and Russia are motivated by “propaganda objectives” above medical and public health interests.

Sputnik V was the first government-registered vaccine anywhere in the world as of last August. Yet it is still awaiting formal approval by the European Medicines Agency, even though it has been proven in large-scale trials to be highly effective and safe to administer among all age groups.

Due to its rapid and rigorous early management of the pandemic, through quarantine and contact tracing, China has succeeded in eradicating the disease. Life among its 1.4 billion population has returned to pre-pandemic normalcy. China’s death toll stands at around 4,600 - less than that of the United States or Europe by a factor of more than 100-fold.

In any case, regardless of official approval in Brussels, several European countries have gone ahead with bilateral agreements to order Russian and Chinese vaccines. They include Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic as well as non-EU state Serbia and other Balkan nations.

Due to its rapid and rigorous early management of the pandemic, through quarantine and contact tracing, China has succeeded in eradicating the disease. Life among its 1.4 billion population has returned to pre-pandemic normalcy. China’s death toll stands at around 4,600 - less than that of the United States or Europe by a factor of more than 100-fold.

Beijing says it wants to rebuild the global economy from renewed emphasis on trade, investment and cooperative partnerships as part of its Belt and Road Initiative of new silk routes. An essential part of realizing that vision requires defeating the Covid-19 pandemic collectively in every region of the world.

China and Russia’s outlook contrasts with the “vaccine nationalism” of the United States and Europe which has seen these regions hoard millions of surplus or unused doses. Both China and Russia know that the only way for the planet to recover from this once-in-a-century pandemic is for all nations to unite in solidarity and to share scientific achievements. Public health before private profit is the watchword.

In this situation, a Cold War mentality of viewing others as enemies is an odious obstacle to progress. It’s a vile, futile plaything of ideological elites. It is becoming clear that nations, media and politicians who are infected with such a political virus are an anachronism.

Common human need is driving international relations of solidarity. Cynics in the West may begrudge China and Russia reaping the success of “vaccine diplomacy”. Others will view it more generously as those two nations showing responsible and ethical leadership to pull humanity out of a global crisis for the greater good.

Note: Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. The above article was posted at Information Clearing House.

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DRUGMAKERS PROMISE INVESTORS THEY’LL SOON HIKE COVID-19 VACCINE PRICES

The US pharmaceutical firms behind the approved coronavirus vaccines - Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer - have quietly touted plans to raise prices on coronavirus vaccines in the near future and to capitalize on the virus’s lasting presence.

While the companies have enjoyed a boost in goodwill from the rush to develop vaccines, drug industry executives have noted, the public is still sensitive to drug pricing and the reputational risk has, so far, curtailed their ability to reap large financial rewards.

But that environment, they hope, will change once the pandemic ends: a date that drugmakers themselves reserve the right to declare. Pharmaceutical officials, speaking at recent conferences and on calls with investors, say they expect the virus will linger, morphing from a pandemic into a perennial endemic. And as Covid-19 mutations continue to spread and booster shots may be required on a regular basis, leaders from the three companies are enthusiastic about cashing in.

Read more here.

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  1. 7 Responses to “CHINA AND RUSSIA VACCINES DEFEAT COLD WAR VIRUS”

  2. The human body is full of billions of virii, they’re part of the immune system, vaccines disrupt the immune system not heal it. Vaccines and pollution are responsible for ALL modern ailments, cancer, meningitis, ebola (cyanide poisoning from gold mining pollution), strokes, etc.

    By j.barlow on Mar 24, 2021

  3. This is another master class of Chinese propaganda. Indeed, the Chinese governments have supplied the Third World with heaps of their vaccines but look at this scenario:
    The numbers of breakouts in those countries, including Brazil, have not only dipped but increased. What does it tell us?
    What’s more, look at what the Chinese government say to their own people: Anyone over 59 and under 18 are not allowed to be jabbed with their own vaccines while at the same time, they have made it clear in places like Hong Kong and other countries that anyone can be vaccinated with the China-made vaccines. Is the Beijing government trying to jeopardize everyone else’s lives or use Hong Kong and the third world for their so-called clinical tests?
    Any more trust in the Chinese government should one have in this modern world? I have no qualms about the Chinese people but it is the communist regime that is a monster creating havoc in this world. Should we ask where did Covid stem from? It’s Wuhan in China though the Chinese government has vigorously denied it. Instead, they have bribed the WHO as to the facts about the origin of this pandemic.
    Will BigO stop all this bullhit about Chinese generosity and the fact that China is what one should respect? Give me a break! In a nutshell, all this Chinese government propaganda has made me sick.

    By Bert Jansch on Mar 25, 2021

  4. Forgot to mention in the previous post that the poor Russians have not seen any decline in the covid 19 breakouts. Instead the number has climbed again!

    By Bert Jansch on Mar 25, 2021

  5. China has one Level Four biolab. It’s located in Wuhan. They study bat viruses there, and as much as China tries to suppress reporting about the outbreak, it’s likely that COVID-19 was created when they sequenced a bat virus using CRISPR.

    So they had a head start on crating a vaccine. The Chinese vaccine isn’t as good as any of those approved in the West, and their lack of free speech and transparency makes it hard to know whether their vaccine has any side effects or not.

    China usually steals innovative Western technology, so their vaccine is probably as original as the Rulex watches and Starbux coffee they make.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Mar 25, 2021

  6. The publication of authoritarian propaganda continues. Articles this fawning and one-sided persuade no one.

    Also, in the author’s mini bio, you “forgot” to mention the his association with RT(Russian State Television), Sputnik (Russian state-owned news agency) and the Russian state-influenced think tank, The Strategic Culture Foundation. I’m not condemning the guy for his background, he’s gotta make a living somehow, but when hosting this sort of drivel, bigo should not be misrepresenting the source of its content. Pro-Putin content is not surprising in this light.

    This article claims, “The global results speak for themselves”. Here I will only address one point. The Chinese group delayed publishing its phase 3 trial data. Why? To cover up the ineffectiveness of its vaccines. I think such a cover up “speaks for itself”. In this past week, due to results of independent studies in Chile and elsewhere, Chinese CDC officials were forced to back-pedal and concede their vaccine’s ineffectiveness.

    Before proclaiming the “responsible and ethical leadership” of these two authoritarian dictatorships, one should pause to consider the fates of minority groups and political opponents. Not to mention the omnipresent censorship which prevents open criticism of these regimes at home. Vaccines which are not presented transparently are not gifts of charity, they are tools of global influence.

    By hu ruiwei on Apr 14, 2021

  7. Shut the FUCK up, assholes!

    By Derrick on Apr 14, 2021

  8. Nothing but bullshitters here.

    By Derrick on Apr 14, 2021

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