Staunton, July 26 – The rush to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus, Academician Vitaly Zverev says, means that what will be used initially will not have been investigated as fully as a final form should be, should be used only in the cases of those most at risk and that there should not be any talk of mass vaccination (ura.news/news/1052442383).
Initially, the infectious disease specialist says, the vaccines coming online should be used only for those like doctors, military commanders, and others who come into contact with numerous people and thus are at risk. Then, they should be used in the capitals, and only after that in smaller cities and in the regions.
Another medical expert, Aleksandr Chepurnov of the Vektor Laboratories, says that such an approach is the “classical” epidemiological one; but he expressed concern that the powers that be might choose to use the vaccine in a different way, an especially troubling matter because as of now the vaccines have not been fully tested.
Complicating the challenge of coming up with an effective vaccine, medical experts say, is the fact that there are so many different strains of the virus. More than 211 have been identified in Russia, and nine are unique to it (thinktanks.by/publication/2020/07/26/issledovanie-v-rossii-nashli-9-sobstvennyh-shtammov-koronavirusa.html
While numbers of both continue to go up in many cities and regions of the Russian Federation (regnum.ru/news/society/3016015.html they have fallen to the lowest level since April. Given the Moscow-centric nature of Russian thinking, officials are declaring the pandemic over, forcing experts to point out that “threats” remain (newizv.ru/news/city/26-07-2020/smertnost-ot-koronavirusa-v-moskve-upala-do-aprelskogo-urovnya).