COVID-19 has become the modern day plague of the 21st century and the people of all nations have come to the stark reality that the virus will probably be with us all for much longer that we think.
But today August 11th. 2020 could be a critical milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 Virus which has killed more than 740,000 people at this news writing and is predicted to kill more than 3 million people worldwide by years-end, if no vaccine is developed.
The Russians have announced that they have developed and registered the 1st. COVID-19 Vaccine.
The news was delivered to the world by the Russian leader ‘Vladimir Putin’ in a press conference earlier today.
The primary news organizations of all major countries has carried the news, and if proven to be effective, it will surely be another “Sputnik Moment” for the Soviet Union. (Russia)
The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, and all over the world, including The Indian Times and news outlets In Africa, Europe and major TV Stations in the U.S has carried the news with a dash of skepticism, that questions the validity of the announcement and also points to the traditional phase trials that is normally done for a vaccine to be approved for widespread use.
Other countries have already announced that they will work with the Russians to produce the vaccine.
The state of Parana in Brazil announced that they will meet with the Russian ambassador on Wednesday to discuss a co-production agreement. – which should not be a surprise to most, since Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 deaths; only the United States has more than Brazil.
If proven effective against the COVID-19 Virus, the Russians will probably rack up a lot of ‘brownie-points’ all over the world, as people are wanting effective solutions no matter where it is made or created.
This is “Big News” with a grain of caution salt.
For this historic announcement to be made by the president of Russia himself is probably the biggest thing to happen on the global-stage since the Russians were the first to orbit a satellite in space, known as the ‘Sputnik Moment’ for doing it before the Americans.
If effective the Russians would get an extremely high windfall profit for the new drug, as hundreds of millions of people worldwide would seek the vaccine.
The traditional view of the Russians as the bad-guys and or adversaries would surely be different if this is really a solution to the scourge called COVID-19.
Shortly after the news was announced on Tuesday August 11th. The financial and stock-market news channel CNBC in the U.S reported “that the surge of the stock-market was a reaction to the announcement that an effective vaccine was developed”.
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Written & Compiled by digitalCaribbean.Live – digitalBelize.LIVE staff reporter: digitalCaribbean.LIVE@gmail.com