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Vaccination virtually ceased in the 1990s, leaving a generation of Russians feeling that it was optional, said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council. In an interview with leading Russian media outlets, including, he said he sees this as the root of Russian distrust of vaccines.

“Because of poverty, because of the weakness of medicine, there was no vaccination, and a whole generation of people got the feeling that these were either some kind of experiments, or that it was simply not necessary,” Medvedev said.

According to him, in some countries people obediently get vaccinated on the basis of rationality or on the basis of the decision of the party and government.

In Russia, the issue cannot be resolved in this way, however, he recalled, in the USSR there was mandatory vaccination, and no one had any doubts: if it is necessary to be vaccinated against measles or polio, this must be done, because it is impossible to live without vaccination.

“When they came up with a vaccine against polio, it was a breakthrough! Our academician Chumakov and American scientists were also engaged in this, in fact it was parallel and even somewhat joint. It was a breakthrough because this disease was very severe. And everyone had an understanding, in any case, I remember my childhood, that this is right. And now there is no such understanding, ”said the deputy chairman of the Security Council.

Currently, part of the population believes that vaccination is imposed by the state, “that these are some kind of experiments, chipping, coding, some other nonsense,” Medvedev added. Therefore, the task of education in this area is extremely important, he concluded.

In an interview with leading Russian media, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council answered questions related to the coronavirus pandemic, international security, the situation in Ukraine and other topics.

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