September 16, 2019
 In 2021-Vaccine Equity and Access

Country: Russian Federation
Delegate Name: Meg Gierula

Russian Federation
World Health Organization
Vaccine Equity and Access
Meg Gierula
Royal Oak High School
The Russian Federation recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic and the strain it has put around the world. We send our deepest condolences to all those affected by the virus. The Russian Federation believes that vaccines can help to prevent COVID-19. We have dedicated time and money to help lessen the amount of COVID-19 cases worldwide.
In August 2020, the Sputnik V vaccine became registered for usage. This vaccine was one of the first produced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Russian Federation has provided this vaccine to our people and other nations. Currently, 40% of our nation is vaccinated against the virus. Additionally, we have provided the vaccine to Argentina, Ethiopia, Mexico, and the Philippines. In the end, however, the Russian Federation believes that it is a choice to get vaccinated against COVID-19. There was a mandate posed on certain professions, but we do not see that fit for all people. We see that a country-wide vaccine mandate would cause a negative relationship between us and our citizens.
The Russian Federation additionally recognizes that other vaccines have been forgotten about due to the prevalence of COVID-19. The Russian Federation wants to continue to support our citizens with other vaccines despite the pandemic. This is considered a struggle due to the pre-existing battle for vaccines in the world. We want to confirm our nation is prepared and healthy before continuing to help outside nations. The Russian Federation wants to make an effort to help other nations if they request.