Staunton, November 15 – With the prospect that one or more vaccines against the coronavirus will be available in the near future, the Russian government must launch a massive effort to overcome the skepticism of Russians and get the vast majority of them to get the shots when they become available, experts say.
If the powers that be do not make that effort a priority, the pandemic will continue to flare because many Russians do not trust either the doctors or the state about medical issues. And the experts warn that “banal ad campaigns are hardly going to be effective (vedomosti.ru/opinion/articles/2020/11/15/846993-sotsialnii-skepsis
In the Far East, things are especially bad. Those infected with the virus continue to go to work, there are no medicines, and medical facilities are inadequate to the task, officials, doctors and ordinary Russians there say (svpressa.ru/society/article/281503/
Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov says that because of the pandemic, demands for all medications have risen 1500 percent, something no one expected and that the country’s producers are now struggling to meet (echo.msk.ru/news/2742472-echo.html).
On the economic front, experts say that the second wave has been so severe that all predictions for the Russian economy in the coming years must be cut (ng.ru/economics/2020-11-15/4_8014_wave.html