“In a sense, the reaction of indifference and skepticism caused by the Sputnik V vaccine is also a response to this ignorance and distorted vision that adheres to the Western scientific tradition.

Due to linguistic, cultural and political differences, most Russian initiatives are viewed with suspicion, ”he writes.

At the same time, the Russian development should not raise doubts, given that the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of Gamaleya, which created Sputnik V, has been working with the adenovirus on which the vaccine is based since the 1980s, the author of the article explains.

“Through its strong lobbying power, Russia has demonstrated its ability to independently develop a drug that could suppress the pandemic,” Cuzco said.

He also cited French diplomat Jean de Gliniasty of the French Institute for International and Strategic Relations, who called the creation of the Sputnik V vaccine a symbol of Russia's return to the leading pharmaceutical league.