Reuters. (March 2, 2021). Over 60% of Russians don’t want Sputnik V vaccine, see coronavirus as biological weapon: Reuters poll. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-russia-poll-idUSKBN2AT2XK
Last month, a poll conducted by the Levada Center revealed 62 per cent of Russians reject Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. Around 64% of Russians also consider the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus a biological weapon. The poll sample was 1,601 individuals across 50 regions.
The highest proportion of vaccine rejection was among the 18 to 24-year-old age group. Most respondents who said they would reject the vaccine held concern around possible side effects, such as fever, fatigue and various other possibly fatal symptoms.
The origin of the CCP virus is a topic of hot debate. However, convincing evidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology created the virus is increasing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sent a mission to China last month to investigate the virus’s origins. However, the organisation is under immense scrutiny for its haphazard methods of investigation. The mission’s central hypothesis was that the virus is natural and was first transmitted from a bat and virtually disregarded the lab origin hypothesis. Following its supposed investigation, the WHO issued a questionable statement that it would not pursue a further study on whether the virus escaped from a lab.
The Levada Center’s poll found 71% of the 40-54-year-old age group in their sample held the notion of the virus as a biological weapon, the highest percentage of all the surveyed age groups. A minority of respondents believe the virus is natural.
Russia has so far approved three vaccines against COVID-19. In December, the country launched a mass Sputnik V vaccination campaign. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko stated on February 10 that more than two million Russians had received one or more doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. Out of its population of 145 million, Russia has recorded almost 4.3 million CCP virus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.