Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged the Russian population to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, so that the country of 146 million people can achieve herd immunity in the fall.
“Vaccination is now of the utmost importance and I ask all the heads of the regions, the government, to work on this every day. And for autumn we need to form herd immunity. The fulfillment of this objective only depends on us, of all the citizens “, indicated during his speech on the state of the nation before both houses of the Parliament.
According to the Gogov digital page, the only one that collects data on the vaccination process in all regions before the lack of official statistics published regularly, 10.6 million people have been inoculated in Russia, or 7.24% of the population with the first dose and 6.3 million with the second (4.32%).
Image of Putin’s speech to the Russian Parliament. Photo: DPA
“I call again all citizens to get vaccinated. Only in this way can we be able to stop the pandemic. The other way is worse: getting infected with unpredictable consequences,” stressed the Russian president.
Putin did not say during his speech how many people have already been vaccinated in Russia since the vaccination campaign began last January and where three vaccines have been developed.
According to calculations on the Gogov website, at the current rate, half of the Russian population will only be vaccinated within 348 days.
“We cannot lower our guard,” Putin stressed during his speech to the Federal Assembly. “The coronavirus has not been completely defeated, it remains a direct threat,” he warned.
“We see how dramatic the situation is in many countries, where the number of infections is increasing. We now need to keep under control all the lines of action designed to stop the spread “of the coronavirus, both on the external borders of Russia and within the country, he said.
Russia still registers more than 8,000 cases of coronavirus every day –8,271 in the last day – and about 400 deaths from this infectious disease.
Since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported 4.7 million cases of covid-19 and 106,706 deaths, although according to data from the beginning of the month from the federal statistics agency, Rosstat, there were 223,905 deaths of people with coronavirus since the beginning of 2020.
Russia is the fifth country with the most cases of cumulative coronaviruses, behind the US, India, Brazil and France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Putin also maintained that should a coronavirus-like infection emerge, Russia should be prepared to develop its own test systems “within four days” and create vaccines as soon as possible.
Likewise, the Russian president advocated that the entire Russian health system work from a new technological base and that the regions and the government expand health care programs and preventive exams starting July 1.
The goal is to reach as much of the Russian population as possible with these programs.
Last February, Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that more than 25 million residents undergo preventive and general medical examinations each year, but that due to the coronavirus pandemic, this number dropped slightly.
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