Grenada will get 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is made in Russia. The vaccine will be given to people in Grenada and distributed around the Caribbean. Ambassador Oleg Firer from Grenada worked hard to make this happen, so that people could get a better way to fight COVID-19.
Millions of People Worldwide Rely on Sputnik V
There are about 146 million people in the Russian Federation. A nationwide vaccination campaign started this spring. The Russian Authorities want to vaccinate 30 million people by mid-June and 69 million by August. The pandemic has hit the country very hard and they need Sputnik V. The Russian government is willing to sell it to other countries even if they can’t make it themselves.
There are over 50 countries from all over the world that have registered with Sputnik V. A lot of people want to take it. Grenada will not just use it. It will help to get the product out in the Caribbean region by handling things like approval and logistics.
Who Created Sputnik V
Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow developed this. The specialists in this center are the leaders of their field. They became more famous 40 years ago, and they have been getting more famous since then.
The product had a competitive edge, because it was cheap. The person who made the product said it would cost around 10 US dollars. But depending on the country, it might be cheaper than others. Pfizer’s competitor costs around 39 USD, which is split into 2 doses of 19.5 USD each.
How Does It Work
Sputnik V has a special virus that cannot make the person sick. The virus is put into the person’s body, and then they will not get COVID-19 anymore.
This technology is not new. The Gamaleya National Center’s innovation is that there are two vectors and not one. This makes it more effective than other treatments. Two shots must be given with an interval of 21 days.
Russia has promised to give Grenada up to 1 million doses of the vaccine. One dose includes two shots, which means that Grenada’s population can be vaccinated.
Sputnik V makes humans immune to coronavirus. The virus mutates and new strains are being discovered. The developers say that they can update Sputnik V to adjust it to a new strain. It will take them 24 hours to make a virus structure that is like the new variant of the virus.
Safety and Efficiency
In February 2021, the authoritative scientific publication The Lancet stated that the efficiency of the Russian vaccine reached 91.6%. The study was conducted on 20.000 people. Individuals aged over 60 can use it too. It involves minimum risks and is considered one of the safest vaccines that are currently available in today’s market.
Experts say that Sputnik V is good for all age groups. Even if someone gets the coronavirus after taking their first shot of the vaccine, the disease will be less serious.
About Oleg Firer
Oleg Firer is responsible for Sputnik V, which supplies the Caribbean. You might have heard the name in recent years.
Oleg was not born in Grenada but he came here. He came from Ukraine and he came to the US 12 years ago. When Oleg first got to the US, he loved it right away because of all the entrepreneurship there. He started making money as soon as his family settled down. Oleg was 17 years old when he became the youngest manager of a chain of electronic stores. He later learned about the online payments industry and founded his own company in that field called Star Capital.
Mr. Firer never had any experience in politics, but he has tried many different things and been successful at all of them. He has done real estate and entertainment, and even electric cars! He is very good with money.
Oleg came to Grenada. He wanted to use the internet which is how he found out about other countries. Oleg used a technology called telemedicine which allows you to see people and talk with them over the internet. This can help doctors diagnose people who are far away and provide medical treatment without traveling long distances. The Grenadian government recognized that he had done a lot of good things. They gave him citizenship and then made him an ambassador to Russia.
Oleg noticed that interstate collaboration on vaccines is important. He acted fast and helped make the best agreement possible. The demand for Sputnik V is growing quickly. If you order it soon, your state will be able to benefit from it faster.
Only relying on international collaboration, mankind will be able to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The Russian-Grenadian cooperation agreement became a meaningful step forward in this direction, largely thanks to Oleg Firer’s personal efforts. If you want to have a vaccine that is affordable and has few side effects, then Sputnik V is a good choice. Hopefully, this vaccine will soon be available in all the Caribbean countries.