EDITORIAL: Don’t miss the bus for Russian COVID-19 vaccine
August 12th, 2020 at 12:01 am
EDITORIAL: Don’t miss the bus for Russian COVID-19 vaccine

If all the questions are answered to remove doubts in approving the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine “Sputnik-V” developed by Russia, then it is the best news of 2020 that the world has been waiting for months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval sparking a debate over its effectiveness as “Sputnik-V” had less than two months testing on humans.

But, Putin confirmed it had passed all the required checks and mass vaccination in Russia is set to start from October.

The debate may go on about the vaccines effectiveness, but Bangladesh should not sit idle and immediately start pursuing hard to be among the first country to get it for its people.

Let us be alert and not miss the bus for the sake of the lives of our people and COVID-19 does not have any financial barriers in attacking a human that led to the deaths of many our eminent citizens.

The Health Ministry is currently in a poor state amid a reshuffle after massive cases of graft were unearthed and thus we fear depending on it alone to get the vaccine as early as possible might not be wise.

Responsible officials from elsewhere and the Bangladesh Embassy in Moscow must be put on immediate alert so that Dhaka does not miss the bus.

The World Health Organisation says it has informed Russia of its intention to review Sputnik-V.

Putin said the vaccine works “quite effectively” and “forms a stable immunity” against Covid-19 with his daughter feeling well after being vaccinated with Sputnik-V.

The vaccine is based on the DNA of a SARS-CoV-2 type adenovirus, a common cold virus.