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Administer correction: how anticoid restraints affect vaccination progress

The emergence of a new strain “Delta Plus” and the active spread of coronavirus in Russia may lead to new bans, say politicians interviewed by Izvestia. Meanwhile, the introduction of restrictions on visiting public catering in Moscow has already increased the pace of vaccination and brought closer the time frame for the formation of herd immunity, the mayor of the city, Sergei Sobyanin, said at a meeting of the presidium of the coordination council under the government to combat the spread of coronavirus. However, so far, according to him, the situation in the capital leaves much to be desired. And the negative dynamics in the number of cases is still observed in all regions, said the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova.

Extremely difficult

Despite the fact that the number of records for vaccination against COVID-19 in Moscow has increased to 87 thousand per day, the situation in the city remains extremely difficult, the mayor of the capital Sergei Sobyanin said at a meeting of the council on coronavirus. Now about 15 thousand beds are occupied by patients with COVID-19, and a significant part of them suffer the disease severely or extremely seriously.

– I hope that the rate of vaccination will continue and within a month and a half we will vaccinate about 1.5-2 million more people. This will be a serious advance towards the creation of collective immunity, – said the mayor.

The number of those wishing to be vaccinated, according to him, has increased sharply due to the introduction of restrictions in the service sector: from June 28, only those vaccinated with QR codes, who have had a sickness within six months or who have a negative PCR test, can attend public catering. Despite a 15-fold increase in the number of people wishing to be vaccinated in Moscow, the rates are still low throughout the country. As the press secretary of the president Dmitry Peskov stated earlier, it is unlikely that it will be possible to achieve vaccination of 60% of the population by the fall.

Photo: Izvestia / Konstantin Kokoshkin

As for the stocks of drugs, there are no problems with this, assured the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov. Now in the regions there are still about 8 million doses of vaccines.

– With regard to anti-clotting drugs: despite the increase in demand, we do not see the risk of supply disruptions. The stocks formed by manufacturers and distributors make it possible to cover both the current demand and promptly respond to additional requests from the regions, the minister said.

Everything is in order, according to him, and with the reserves of medical oxygen: now it is produced about 2 thousand tons per day, and if necessary, the output can be increased.

“It is extremely important to keep the situation under control, to carefully monitor the needs and availability of vaccines, to closely interact with manufacturers and regions in order to maintain the supply of the drug at the proper level,” said Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who chaired the meeting.

However, there are still many reasons for concern. So, in Russia, the first case of infection with the Delta Plus strain of coronavirus was recorded, said the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova. Fortunately, everything ended well for the patient: she suffered a mild illness. It is believed that this variant of the infection is more contagious, and the antibodies of those who have been ill and vaccinated do not actively fight it. And since the number of cases continues to grow in all regions, it is worth limiting the holding of mass events, she said.

Photo: Izvestia / Kristina Kormilitsyna

“ It is also necessary to take into account new mutations of the coronavirus, when infected with which, an infectious process may develop in those who have been ill, ” added Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

The Ministry of Health has already prepared recommendations for the vaccination of Russians who have undergone COVID-19 or were previously vaccinated. They are allowed to use the anti-clotting drug after six months. When the pandemic situation in the country returns to normal and herd immunity is achieved, the procedure may become annual.

And since July 1, Mikhail Mishustin noted, in the country, on behalf of the president, an in-depth clinical examination of those who have undergone covid begins. About 6 billion rubles will be allocated for it.

– The disease with coronavirus does not pass without a trace. He has extremely serious consequences. Timely examination will help identify possible complications, get doctors’ recommendations and start treatment. All this is completely free for citizens, the prime minister emphasized.

A record surge in the incidence of COVID-19 in Russia forced the authorities to resort to restrictive measures again, including admission to catering establishments using QR codes, as well as to introduce mandatory vaccination for certain categories of citizens. The main reasons for the unexpected increase in infected people are the spread of the mutated Indian strain in the country, the reluctance of Russians to get vaccinated and the neglect of personal protective equipment. How Russia is going through a new wave of coronavirus – in the Izvestia photo gallery

Photo: Izvestia / Dmitry Korotaev

Over the past day, COVID-19 in Russia was diagnosed in 21,650 people. Moscow has set a sad record for the entire time of the pandemic – 124 victims per day. Hospitals are again overcrowded, this is how the “red zone” looks in the reserve hospital at the Yudin City Clinical Hospital in the ATC “Moscow”

Photo: Izvestia / Kristina Kormilitsyna

At the end of May, a temporary hospital for patients with coronavirus infection, deployed on the territory of the St. Petersburg exhibition complex “Lenexpo”, resumed its work

Photo: REUTERS / Anton Vaganov

A temporary hospital for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 opened in the Patriot military-patriotic park near Moscow

Photo: agency of city news “Moscow” / Grishkin Denis

At the Savelovsky railway station in Moscow, as in other public places, regular disinfection has been carried out for the second year

Photo: Izvestia / Andrey Ershtrem

In Russia, the waiting lists for vaccinations have finally appeared. Some Muscovites and guests of the capital decided to take root in GUM

Photo: Moscow City News Agency / Mobile Reporter

Throughout the entire pandemic, treatment with special compounds and premises of the Leningradsky railway station does not stop

Photo: agency of city news “Moscow” / Vedyashkin Sergey

Three drugs are available to Russians: “Sputnik V” from NITsEM named after Gamaleya, “EpiVacCorona” from the “Vector” center of Rospotrebnadzor and “KoviVac” from the Chumakov Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. There is also a one-component version of Sputnik, recommended for revaccination

Photo: REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov

You can get vaccinated now almost everywhere – at airports, shopping centers, shops, clinics. Mobile teams of doctors leave for the countryside. These doctors came to vaccinate residents of the village of Loznoye, Volgograd Region

Photo: REUTERS / Kirill Braga

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko called the restrictive measures introduced in the country due to the spread of coronavirus too soft. He believes that citizens have calmed down too much, seeing how the Russian health care system is coping with the pandemic.

Photo: REUTERS / Kirill Braga

The minister said that 23 million Russians have already been vaccinated and in recent days the vaccination rate has increased

Photo: REUTERS / Anton Vaganov

New turn

Against the background of the deteriorating situation with the coronavirus, the State Duma allowed the adoption of new bans. This can be both the spread of the QR codes, and the return to the lockdown. Much will depend on the awareness of the population on the issue of vaccination and compliance with epidemiological rules.

– If the situation with the coronavirus worsens, the authorities will be forced to tighten restrictions. Until the introduction of a lockdown, – Fedot Tumusov, first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s health protection committee, told Izvestia, noting that a return to total restriction is considered the last thing.

Photo: Izvestia / Kristina Kormilitsyna

If the epidemic subsides, the officials do not plan to artificially restrict people and business, the deputy is sure. The upper chamber also agrees with this. To stop the spread of coronavirus, the authorities first need to figure out what is happening, said Sergei Leonov, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy. The reason may be not only the appearance of mutations, but also the relaxation of the population, which reluctantly wears protective equipment in the heat. While the circumstances are being clarified, officials should think about limiting foreign travel, the politician stressed. This will reduce the risk of new strains appearing in Russia.

Now the Russians, according to the senator, have many questions about the pandemic remain unanswered, information reaches them with a delay and quite often in a distorted form. On this topic, the population tends to trust either experts or public opinion on social networks. For politicians reporting on the epidemiological situation and making decisions about new restrictions to be heard, it is worth giving more media space to scientists and medical practitioners, as well as speaking with them.

So far, the strain “Delta plus” has not been sufficiently studied, Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the preventive center of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, told Izvestia. Now experts are actively studying the pathogenicity of the mutation and the ability of domestic vaccines to resist it. Before the emergence of herd immunity, it is possible to identify other strains, so Russians should take care of both their health and the safety of those around them: wear personal protective equipment and be vaccinated against coronavirus.

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