Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Sverdlovsk Governor Gives Population a Choice: Vaccination or Lockdown

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Oct. 2 – While Moscow officials insist there won’t be any lockdown, the deterioration in the epidemiological situation across Russia has become so dire that one governor, Yevgeny Kuyvashev of Sverdlovsk Oblast, has posed the question directly: will people get vaccinated or will there be another lockdown? (regnum.ru/news/3387414.html).

            Like other Russian leaders, he clearly hopes that the population will choose to get vaccinated and that they will help reduce the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths by doing so; but as of now, the rate of new vaccinations continues to fall and thus increases the likelihood of lockdowns at least at the regional level.

            Today, Russian officials reported registering 25,018 new cases of infection, the  highest daily number since mid-July, and 764 new deaths from the coronavirus as the pandemic continued to intensify in many places across the Russian Federation (t.me/COVID2019_official/3317,  kommersant.ru/doc/5016953, regnum.ru/news/society/3387415.html  and egnum.ru/news/society/3387415.html).

            But Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko did offer one piece of good news. He announced that the WHO has completed all substantive procedures for the registration of the Russian vaccine and that all that remains are certain “administrative” steps (meduza.io/news/2021/10/02/ministr-zdravoohraneniya-rf-vse-bariery-dlya-registratsii-sputnika-v-voz-snyaty-ostalis-administrativnye-protsedury and lenta.ru/news/2021/10/02/razreshili/).

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