Staunton, August 11 – Today, for the fourth day in a row, Russia set a record for the number of deaths from the coronavirus with 799 succumbing according to officials. But at the same time, other officials said the situation was “stabilizing” because new infections ebbed to 21.571 (regnum.ru/news/society/3342184.html, regnum.ru/news/3341836.html and t.me/COVID2019_official/3429).
In some parts of Russia, there were improvements but in others, the situation was deteriorating and ever more draconian restrictions were being put in place by regional officials seeking to keep the infection from spreading into their territories (regnum.ru/news/society/3337040.html and regnum.ru/news/3342221.html).
But perhaps the most disturbing news today was a report in Izvestiya that the issue of providing financing for clinical trials of Sputnik-5, the vaccine already put in widespread use not only in Rusisa but elsewhere, is not yet fully resolved, meaning that testing remains limited (iz.ru/1205441/anna-urmantceva/za-god-sputnik-v-polnostiu-opravdal-sebia).
Also today, there were increasing signs that resistance to vaccinations is increasingly shifting into Russian courtrooms with various people bringing suits against requirements by agencies and businesses that people get the vaccines or face penalties (sibreal.org/a/yurist-podal-v-sud-trebuya-otmenit-prinuditelnuyu-vaktsinatsiyu/31398229.html
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related developments in Russia today,
· Smoke from the fires in Siberia was said to be having a negative impact on the health of people across much of Russia and increasing the danger they will contract the coronavirus (regnum.ru/news/3342040.html).
· Moscow officials say they have not recorded any cases of the iota strain of the coronavirus (regnum.ru/news/3342344.html).
· Tehran is angry that Russia has not met its promises as far as the delivery of the Sputnik-5 vaccine is concerned (rbc.ru/politics/10/08/2021/61125f709a79471382aee316).