Staunton, April 8 – The Slovak government said that the vaccine Moscow had sent to that country differed in fundamental ways from the one the Russian authorities have described in international medical journals and to the European Union. Russian officials responded by accusing the Slovaks of waging “a disinformation campaign” against Sputnik-5 (regnum.ru/news/3238046.html and reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-slovakia-sputnik/slovak-watchdog-says-sputnik-v-batch-differs-from-those-reviewed
Today, Moscow reported registering 8672 new cases of infection and 365 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, as the pandemic continued to ease in most but not all places (t.me/COVID2019_official/2741 and regnum.ru/news/society/3233862.html).
As the numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the pandemic have dropped, officials in many places have come under increasing pressure to lift restrictions and reopen various public venues. Some have moved too quickly and the result has been a series of still-local spikes (regnum.ru/news/3237493.html).
Among the restrictions most likely to be lifted in the next few weeks are those against attendance at parades and especially the Victory Day celebrations. Today, Krasnodar became the first city planning such an event to declare that far more people will be allowed to attend than the pandemic rules had allowed up to now (regnum.ru/news/3237907.html
One region that is still running short is the Far Eastern Federal District. Many of its oblasts, krays and republics do not yet have enough medication to meet demand. The presidential plenipotentiary says that about 10 percent of the district’s residents have been vaccinated (regnum.ru/news/3237390.html and regnum.ru/news/3237318.html).
And in Daghestan, Muslim leaders announced that they would conduct public information programs inside mosques there to promote the vaccine (nazaccent.ru/content/35514-v-dagestanskih-mechetyah-budut-provodit-razyasnitelnuyu.html
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
· Officials pressed Russians to take their vacations within the country rather than risk travelling abroad and bringing infections back with them (regnum.ru/news/3237865.html).
· Doctors reported an increasing number of incidents which they are calling post-covid syndrome involving memory loss and frequent tiredness among those who have recovered from the infection (regnum.ru/news/3237592.html and regnum.ru/news/3237527.html).
· A Moscow courier was arrested when it was discovered that he was distributing fake vaccination certificates in the Russian capital (regnum.ru/news/3237504.html).