Russia, which began vaccinating the elderly, as well as medical and school staff, in December, is expected to launch a mass vaccination campaign for the entire population as early as next week. In any case, this is what President Vladimir Putin ordered on Wednesday January 13 during a meeting of the Russian government by videoconference. He also said that the vaccine designed by his country was the “best”.
According to the Russian Sovereign Fund (RDIF), which funded the development of this product, more than one million people in Russia have been vaccinated to date. Russia was the first last August to approve a vaccine against the coronavirus, attracting international criticism over an announcement deemed premature, before phase 3 trials and the publication of scientific results.
In Russia, the second epidemic wave is very deadly
“The Russian vaccine – it is quite obvious and practice confirms it, I think it is the best – in the world”, assured Vladimir Poutine, welcoming in particular its storage and transport conditions which “do not require not extreme conditions ”. “It’s much simpler and more efficient,” he added, compared to his Western counterparts.
For her part, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, responsible for health, said that everything was “ready” to launch a mass vaccination from Monday. Russia is facing a second wave of the very deadly coronavirus, but the authorities are refusing for the moment any new national containment.