Political scientist Abbas Gallyamov went as far as saying the president’s reluctance to take the vaccine shows how big the inequality gap really is. It shows that there is no principle of universality, ordinary citizens get one kind of treatment and authorities get the other.
Our world is moving to a new phase amid this Coronavirus pandemic. We are talking about the mass Corona vaccination of the population of many countries. All the people in the world along with medical and scientific communities are placing great expectations on this vaccine to curb the infection that has already affected the lives of almost 68 million people and took away more than 1.5 million people all over the world.
That said, even on the threshold of such a major step that this vaccination is, there were some controversial remarks made in Russia. ThЕн came amidst the recent statements by George Bush, Joe Biden, Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, and Queen Elizabeth II that they were ready to be first in line to publicly take the Covid vaccine. This drew attention to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who refused to take part in the vaccination, which in turn led to loads of criticism against the president. People even reminded him, how proudly the Russian government brandished the first Covid vaccine in the world, which was made in Russia named Sputnik V. Political scientist Abbas Gallyamov even said that the fact that the president doesn’t want to take the vaccine shows how big the inequality gap really is. It shows that there is no principle of universality, as ordinary citizens get one kind of treatment and authorities get a different one.
In the meantime, his colleague Stanislav Belkovsky believes that the real reasons for Putin’s refusal are plain and simple. He thinks that the president can’t afford public vaccination because he doesn’t want people to speculate what medication was actually used.
“I assume Putin just can’t make a choice. If he publicly announces that he wants to take the vaccine he will have to say, what kind of vaccine will be used,” Belkovsky said. “This way he may destroy the Gamaleya National Centre, which created the Sputnik V vaccine or the Vector Institute with its new drug or anyone else. That means that Putin has to avoid all the talks about his vaccination and that’s exactly what he’s doing. In fact, the Russian President cannot announce what vaccine he will take. In case he does, he will be seen as a public promoter for one of the vaccines, while other vaccines can be disposed of. I believe Vladimir Putin is very much aware of this situation and that’s why he will have to figure out some sophisticated way to take part in the whole process so he doesn’t look like a promoter one vaccine or versus the other.”