Tuesday, June 1, 2021

‘Bitter Truth’ is that Russia’s Vaccination Program has Failed, Doctor Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 31 – A comparison of Russia’s vaccination effort with those in other countries made by scholars for The New England Journal of Medicine compels the conclusion that “the bitter truth” is that Moscow’s program has failed, according to a Russian doctor (https://newtimes.ru/articles/detail/204637).

            Moreover, Russians have concluded that their medical care system isn’t working. As more of them came into contact with it because of the pandemic, complaints about the situation in Russian clinics and hospitals rose by 37 percent last year over the year before (newizv.ru/news/society/31-05-2021/v-2020-godu-na-37-3-vozroslo-kolichestvo-zhalob-patsientov-na-rabotu-medikov).

            Russian officials reported 8475 new cases of infection and 339 new deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, both figures down from the day before as the pandemic continued to hit St. Petersburg and some regions hard while ebbing elsewhere, including in Moscow (t.me/COVID2019_official/2998 and regnum.ru/news/society/3277253.html).

            Moscow renewed air service to and from Austria, the UK, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, and Morocco, but kept the suspension in effect with Turkey and Tanzania until at least June 21 (regnum.ru/news/3284377.html and regnum.ru/news/3284370.html).

            Meanwhile, Russian health officials warned people not to get the EpiVakKorona shots at the same time they were getting botox injections (regnum.ru/news/3283817.html), the Palestinian Authority approved the use of Sputnik-Lite (sputnikvaccine.com/rus/newsroom/pressreleases/odnokomponentnaya-vaktsina-sputnik-layt-odobrena-v-palestine/), and Russian parliamentarians remain divided on whether and how much to force Russians to get vaccinated (regions.ru/news/2629814/).

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