COMMENTARY: Remember the Sputnik when the Sputnik came crashing back to Earth


By Nathan J Green, July 05, 2021.

When the Russian built Sputnik became the first artificial satellite to enter space on Oct. 4, 1957, its alien beeping shocked America.

Its signal stopped after just three weeks, and three months later, sky gazers could no longer see a little moving dot.

It was the sputnik failure.

Now there is another Sputnik failure.

An announcement appeared in the Russian publication Tassand most regionalpress and online media sites. “Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was the first island nation of the Caribbean to register Sputnik V,” the statement said. The vaccine was approved in Montenegro, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines under the emergency use authorization procedure without any additional local clinical trials.They accepted it face value and commenced dishing it out.

Remember how the SVGs PM rushed to have his virus shots, said he was setting an example, hoping Vincentians would follow his example.

He chose to import the Russian ‘Sputnik V Vaccine’, which many, including myself, said was the worst of the batch. It was said initially at the time, it was only 50% effective. The Russians changed that, later announcing it was 80% effective.

Well, now it turns out it is hardly effective at all against the new variation of the virus, as Russia battles the surging Delta variant.

Vaccinated Russians are catching the Delta virus as Russia reported 24,353 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the third-highest number of daily infections since early January.

Moscow will start offering booster shots of the Sputnik V vaccine for individualsvaccinated more than six months ago, Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced last Thursday.

Germany started to close its borders to Russians starting Tuesday to prevent the importation of mutated Covid-19 strains, the German Embassy in Moscow announced.

Russia has confirmed the first Delta Plus coronavirus variant infections within its borders days after media sounded the alarm about the presence of the potentially more dangerous new strain.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Tuesday that 151,000 people in Russia are currently in hospital with the coronavirus.

Vincentians who have had the Sputnik Vaccine should ask him/it when they get the required booster shot. Let us hope this is not left until it is too late. Venezuela has lots; it was their leading choice because it was free, a gift from Russia.

At this very moment, it is probably more important than ever to seal SVGs borders, yes right now, follow the science, follow Germany’s lead, who closed her borders yesterday. Every Vincentian is at risk again due to a wrong choice by him/it.

Germany partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol on Sunday over a troubling surge in coronavirus mutations. A thousand police officers have been mobilized to ensure strict border checks, which recall the much-criticized early days of the pandemic when EU countries hastily closed their frontiers to each other. That action has since been proven to be the correct procedure. When in doubt keep them out.

Every choice made by him/it has been the wrong choice, just as Vincentians’ wrong choice was in choosing a know all no nothing, such a fat liability. Now it is time to follow the science and make the right choice. Lock down the borders and give all those Vincentians previously vaccinated with the Sputnik V vaccine a booster shot.


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  1. I think the writer is failing to understand that no vaccine is 100% effective. The question is FOR THOSE WHO OPT TO TAKE A VACCINE is: Would you rather have some protection or none at all?

    I got my jabs. It was my choice. No one forced me or persuaded me to take it. I wasn’t micro chipped and the last time I checked, I can’t climb walls like Spider Man. If you want it…take it. If you don’t want it then move along.

    • Wow Thank God you wasn’t the one who made the vaccine. Let’s say it’s 90% protection and it ended up being 5 -2 -1 % people die because of inaccurate misleading statements .
      All things your way , a little is better than no protection .
      What a simplistic way to look through the lens.
      Like you basically said it’s your life , your decision ,🥊knock yourself out buddy .

      • I agree with “Get on with it…or not” ……We all bitch and moan and complain about the vaccine. Put up or shut up. You want it? Take it. You don’t want it? Don’t take it. Educate yourself and learn about vaccines. All this conspiracy about micro-chipping and tracking and population control is just utter rubbish. It is a very simplistic way of looking at it, but it’s perfectly fine. Read up and educate yourself and make your own decision. I will knock myself out with him or her… body; my decision.

  2. This is poor journalism, if it is even journalism at all.
    Such misleading info, no objectivity and practically pointless.

  3. Nathan needs to go volunteer at a Senior Citizens Home. Go clean sore foot and change their diapers.

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