“The current global economic downturn caused by the global pandemic is forcing states to rethink their values ​​and prioritize in favor of protecting human life and health, human rights that guarantee a dignified and safe existence,” Medvedev said.

According to him, the COVID-19 epidemic has clearly shown that political freedoms alone cannot save people's lives - this requires an effective and affordable system of medical care and social protection, nationwide sanitary security programs, and the utmost coordination of efforts at all levels of public authority.

“It is the strong states that are able to quickly mobilize the economy and political institutions to counter the pandemic, successfully coped with its consequences, saved millions of lives,” he stressed.

Medvedev's full article is on RT.