These figures, released by the Russian leader in talks with volunteers almost three months after the vaccination began, show how far Russia still has to go before all 146 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19. population of the country.
“To date, more than two million people have received two doses of the vaccine,” the Russian president said on television.
Another “two million with a little” received the first dose, he added.
These figures show that about 1.3% of people have received a coronavirus vaccine so far. Russian population.
Putin also said residents in nine of Russia’s 85 regions have not yet begun vaccination.
Public opinion polls show growing Russian public doubts about vaccination – just 30 percent. respondents to a survey by sociological research company Levada Centr indicated that they would be vaccinated. At the time, in December, that number was 38 percent.
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Putin reiterated that Russia has developed the world’s best coronavirus vaccine, which he said is better than Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
“We are not in any way happy,” he added.
Last month, The Lancet reported that the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6 percent effective, while the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Pfizer vaccine was 94 percent effective.
The 68-year-old Russian leader has not yet received a vaccine against COVID-19.
In addition to Sputnik V, Russia has developed two more coronavirus vaccines. One of them, EpiVacCorona, is already being distributed, and the other, CoviVac, is scheduled for mass use this month.
On Thursday, Putin also boasted that Moscow had almost returned to normal life, although strict restrictions remained in Europe.
In the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the autumn, Russia did not follow the example of many European countries and did not issue a second quarantine. According to critics, this has led to high mortality from COVID-19 in the country.
According to the Russian statistical agency Rosstat last month, in 2020, more than 162 thousand people were registered in the country. deaths associated with this virus.