Nov. 24: What you have to know at present
- Russia on Wednesday confirmed 33,558 Covid-19 infections and 1,240 deaths.
- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday repeated his stance that Covid-19 vaccination ought to be voluntary as areas and cities tighten restrictions on the unvaccinated.
- He added that he has acquired a nasal Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday, days after saying he acquired a Sputnik Gentle booster shot.
- Russia has registered a Covid-19 vaccine for kids 12 1o 17 years previous, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova introduced Wednesday.
- Russia and Hungary have agreed to mutually acknowledge every others’ vaccination certificates, Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov stated Tuesday, marking the primary such settlement between Russia and one other nation.
- A Siberian area of Russia has grow to be the primary within the nation to impose self-isolation guidelines for residents who haven’t but been vaccinated towards Covid-19.
- The republic of Tatarstan turned the primary Russian province to implement QR code passes on public transit earlier Monday.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Sunday he had had a 3rd dose of a Covid vaccine. “I had it two hours in the past,” Putin stated on state tv channel Rossiya 24, assuring viewers that his booster injection of the Sputnik vaccine had been painless.
- Russia’s herd immunity has surpassed 50%, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova stated Friday.
— Two extra Russian coronavirus vaccines are at present present process preclinical trials, Well being Minister Mikhail Murashko stated. To this point, Russia has approved 4 vaccines: Sputnik V, the one-dose Sputnik Gentle, EpiVacCorona and CoviVak.
— There’s “no finish in sight” to the Covid-19 pandemic in Russia but, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.
— A Far East Russian area has grow to be the primary within the nation to introduce vaccine passports for inside flights as federal lawmakers race to mandate well being passes for public transport and different areas.
— Russia will resume air journey with Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mongolia from Dec. 1, authorities introduced. It should additionally elevate all remaining restrictions on flights with Mexico, Cuba and Qatar beginning that day. Beginning Dec. 12, practice connections to Finland will resume.
— U.S. pharmaceutical big Pfizer has acquired approval to conduct trials of Paxlovid, a novel oral antiviral therapy geared toward stopping and treating Covid-19. Ninety individuals in a handful of Russian cities will participate within the trials.
— Russia will introduce well being passes for entry to public locations, eating places and intercity trains and planes in a radical transfer designed to spice up Russia’s sluggish vaccination marketing campaign.
— St. Petersburg mandated vaccination towards Covid-19 for all residents over 60 years previous in addition to individuals with sure continual sicknesses.
— Russia is now the world chief in coronavirus deaths for the primary time for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
— The developer of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has stated Moscow ought to make jabs obligatory as inoculation charges stay low regardless of report deaths and campaigning by authorities.
— Russia’s nationwide paid vacation geared toward curbing the unfold of the coronavirus got here to an finish Monday. Some areas are retaining the restrictions in place and lots of others are implementing digital passes displaying proof of vaccination or latest Covid-19 restoration.
— QR codes proving one’s vaccination proceed to be legitimate for one 12 months after vaccination, Russia’s Well being Ministry and Digital Growth Ministry stated Monday following experiences that the validity interval had modified to six months.
— Russia’s single-dose Sputnik Gentle vaccine produces a robust antibody response amongst recipients, in accordance with analysis printed in main medical journal The Lancet. Sputnik Gentle is the primary dose of Russia’s two-dose Sputnik V vaccine, which is the spine of Russia’s home vaccination marketing campaign and is being offered around the globe.
— Russian authorities stated that docs have been beneath “extraordinary” pressure attributable to surging coronavirus circumstances in Europe’s worst-hit nation.
— The Novgorod area in northwestern Russia has grow to be the first area to increase the non-working week. It should order all non-essential employees to take a mandated paid vacation for a further week after Nov. 7.
— The Kremlin cautioned Russians towards touring throughout the Oct. 30-Nov. 7 non-working interval ordered by Moscow to stem a spike in coronavirus infections and deaths.
— The Israeli authorities will enable vacationers vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to enter the nation beginning Nov. 15.
— All of Russia’s 85 areas throughout 11 time zones have now mandated vaccines for sure classes of employees, Anna Popova, who heads the federal well being watchdog that’s main the nation’s response to the virus, stated.
— The European Union expects international locations together with Russia to analyze the sale of pretend Covid-19 certificates on-line and take acceptable measures, an EU spokesperson informed RBC. The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky stated final week that it uncovered counterfeit journey certificates made to look as in the event that they have been issued in France or Poland being offered for a mean worth of $300 on the Telegram messaging app.
— Authorities in annexed Crimea stated they plan to buy cell fridges to retailer our bodies within the metropolis of Simferopol as Covid-19 deaths proceed to rise and the town’s morgues are overwhelmed.
— Russian authorities have been investigating nurses and a physician in St. Petersburg accused of promoting faux coronavirus vaccination certificates, because the nation faces a lethal new wave. The Investigative Committee, which probes main crimes, stated a physician and three nurses are suspected of pocketing no less than 100,000 rubles ($1,430) from 12 individuals after promoting official certificates with out having administered jabs.
— President Vladimir Putin instructed regional leaders to order eating places to shut between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and to ban all leisure occasions.
— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin imposed a partial citywide lockdown between Oct. 28-Nov. 7 to stem the unfold of the virus.
— The restrictions droop companies, companies, catering, sports activities, recreation, leisure and movie screenings aside from the sale of important items like medicines and meals. Mass occasions, besides these approved by well being officers, shall be banned, and theater and museum attendance shall be capped at 50% with mask-wearing and digital-code guidelines in place. In-person public companies shall be suspended and kindergarteners and college college students despatched residence between Oct. 28 and Nov. 7.
The Moscow area launched equivalent restrictions shortly after Sobyanin’s announcement.
— President Vladimir Putin is not going to meet individuals face-to-face throughout Russia’s nationwide week-long paid vacation beginning on Oct. 30 designed to curb Covid infections amid report deaths, his spokesman stated.
— The tempo of vaccinations in Russia has accelerated following a string of areas imposing vaccine mandates for employees in sure sectors of the financial system and vaccine passports for entry into indoor venues, in accordance to the Gogov web site which tracks vaccine uptake throughout the nation. It estimates Russia is administering greater than 300,000 first doses every day — up from round 120,000 a day earlier October.
— Russia’s second metropolis St. Petersburg will impose a partial lockdown from Oct. 30-Nov. 7, authorities introduced.
— Sochi is bracing for an inflow of vacationers throughout public holidays beginning Oct. 30 designed to cease the unfold of the coronavirus. Occupancy charges in lodges are set to be no less than 75%, the town’s mayor stated — equal to peak summer season months on the Black Sea resort. Town has launched vaccine passports for entry into eating places and bars in a bid to cease the unfold of the virus regardless of the mass influx of vacationers.
— Russia has detected a brand new sub-variant of the Delta pressure of the coronavirus, which dangers compounding the nation’s spiraling infections and deaths, a senior Russian authorities scientist warned.
— The European Union’s drug regulator is not going to approve Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine till no less than the primary months of 2022, Reuters reported.
— President Vladimir Putin introduced a non-working week in Russia from Oct. 30-Nov. 7. Putin pleaded with Russians to get vaccinated and stated the general public holidays may very well be prolonged additional if circumstances don’t begin to fall.
— Nationwide, 87% of hospital beds reserved for coronavirus sufferers are occupied, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova stated in a televised assembly with President Vladimir Putin.
— Some 1,100 medical employees died from Covid-19 in Russia throughout the first six months of 2021, the chair of the State Duma’s price range committee stated. That’s greater than twice the quantity who succumbed to the virus in 2020, he added.
— Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has backed plans for a nationwide non-working week beginning Oct. 30. The proposal was put ahead by Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova throughout a televised authorities assembly. Mishustin stated the strict measures — successfully a paid trip or orders for employees at non-essential companies to cease going into their workplace — have been “now vital” given elevated numbers of circumstances, hospitalizations and deaths. Golikova stated some areas ought to introduce the non-working week earlier, on Oct. 23 and likewise referred to as for unvaccinated pensioners to begin self-isolating at residence.
— Russia’s second metropolis, St. Petersburg, introduced it will tighten restrictions to battle a surge in Covid-19 circumstances, introducing a well being move to control entry to crowd occasions.
— Moscow authorities will begin fining public transport passengers whose face masks don’t cowl their nostril and mouth, a transit official stated.
— South Africa’s well being merchandise regulator stated it will not approve Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine attributable to issues it may improve the chance of HIV an infection amongst males. The choice was primarily based on earlier research testing the protection of a modified type of adenovirus — a kind of virus that causes respiratory infections — referred to as the Ad5 and contained within the Russian jab.
— Russia will enable relations of foreigners who stay in Russia to enter the nation, the Overseas Ministry stated. The relief will enable individuals from international locations not but on Russia’s designated checklist of open international locations to obtain a particular entry allow to come back to Russia, offered they’ve an in depth relative residing in Russia.
— In response to Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova, 38 of Russia’s 85 areas have launched vaccine mandates for sure classes of residents and staff working in designated sectors of the financial system, reminiscent of retail and hospitality.
— Russia will resume common air journey with the Bahamas, Iran, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Slovenia, Tunisia, Sweden and Thailand beginning Nov. 9, the nationwide Covid-19 headquarters introduced.
— Well being Minister Mikhail Murashko has referred to as on docs who’re self-isolating and even retired because of the pandemic to get vaccinated and return to work attributable to report will increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths.
— The Moscow area that surrounds the capital has imposed vaccine mandates for gross sales, meals, transport, public service, hair salon and health membership staff.
— Roughly 235,000 of Russia’s 255,000 Covid hospital beds nationwide are occupied, with 6,000 sufferers on ventilators, Well being Minister Mikhail Murashko stated.
— Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad has suspended deliberate medical procedures because it battles an “extraordinarily tough” surge in coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations. The central Mari El area additionally canceled routine operations and medical therapy from Tuesday, warning that it had run out of free hospital beds and should quickly have to begin treating sufferers in corridors.
— The Kremlin described Russia’s Covid fatality toll as “excessive” and the nation’s vaccination fee as “unacceptably” low, even because it rejected new restrictions in order to guard the financial system.
— Moscow launched free specific coronavirus exams at 20 places throughout the town, because the capital continues to battle with rising an infection charges. The exams give a end in quarter-hour, however are much less efficient than the gold normal PCR exams. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin stated speedy testing would enable “socially accountable residents” to make sure they aren’t spreading the virus.
— The Leningrad area that surrounds St. Petersburg would require residents to current QR codes proving their vaccination standing or a adverse PCR take a look at so as to enter theaters, cinemas, swimming swimming pools and gymnasiums by Nov. 15.
— Russia reported 65,000 extra fatalities in August in a forty five% soar on pre-pandemic mortality charges, official information confirmed. The nation’s total variety of extra deaths for the reason that begin of the coronavirus stands at 660,000.
— EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer stated that the nation “has repeatedly postponed” the timing of the inspection requested by the European Medicines Company which has slowed down the approval strategy of the vaccine within the EU. The Russian Ministry of Well being responded by saying that it introduced the EU with all the mandatory paperwork that the block requested.
— A World Well being Group delegation will go to Russia this month as a part of its approval process for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, Russian Direct Funding Fund head Kirill Dmitriyev stated.
— The issue behind WHO’s suspension of Sputnik V’s approval course of has been resolved, stated Mariangela Simao, WHO’s assistant director basic for entry to medicines, vaccines and prescribed drugs.
— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has introduced that mass PCR testing shall be launched in Russia’s capital in 1-2 weeks.
— Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova stated the federal authorities recommends Russian areas introduce QR-codes for attending mass occasions, the state-run RIA Novosti information company reported.
— Russia’s prime cupboard official on Monday criticized the nation’s stalling vaccination charges for failing to sluggish the unfold of Covid-19 as Russians die in numbers not seen for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
— Russia has accomplished Part 3 trials of its Sputnik V vaccine, Well being Minister Mikhail Murashko introduced, over a 12 months after Moscow touted the jab because the world’s first approved coronavirus vaccine.
— Russian residents could quickly have the ability to obtain vaccines not acknowledged by the federal government, the Kommersant enterprise day by day reported, citing a Well being Ministry proposal put up for public dialogue.
— President Vladimir Putin is now not self-isolating, Okremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov informed journalists. Putin beforehand stated that dozens of individuals in his entourage examined optimistic for the coronavirus earlier than he went into self-isolation.
— Two Russian areas, the Perm area and the republic of Udmurtia, will reimpose QR code necessities to enter public occasions, cinemas, theaters and cafes beginning subsequent week amid an upswing in Covid-19 circumstances and deaths.
— America is ready to impose new journey guidelines that will ban entry to noncitizens who haven’t been vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine, a transfer that will shut out tens of millions who’ve acquired Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, The Washington Put up reported Monday.
— Russian officers have elevated warnings that the nation faces a looming fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Anna Popova, the pinnacle of the Rospotrebnadzor well being watchdog, which is main the nation’s response to the virus, stated the expansion in new infections was “intense” in 36 of Russia’s 85 areas. She additionally warned regional healthcare methods to be ready for a potential inflow in sufferers over the approaching weeks.
— Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that dozens of individuals in his entourage examined optimistic for the coronavirus earlier than he went into self-isolation earlier this week.
— A Russian pharmaceutical firm has launched manufacturing of the British-Swedish AstraZenica vaccine. The doses shall be supposed for export solely as Russia solely makes use of domestically developed vaccines inside its borders.
— The World Well being Group (WHO) has suspended its approval course of for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, pending a contemporary inspection of no less than one Russian manufacturing unit manufacturing the shot.
— Russia will resume flights with 5 extra international locations — Denmark, South Africa, Peru, New Zealand and Djibouti — beginning Oct. 5, the nationwide coronavirus taskforce stated.
— Russian President Vladimir Putin goes into self-isolation over coronavirus issues in his inside circle, the Kremlin stated.
— Russia will resume common air journey with Spain, Iraq, Kenya and Slovakia beginning Sept. 21, the federal government introduced.
— The primary dose of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 78.6% efficient towards coronavirus an infection, 87.6% efficient towards hospitalization and 84.8% efficient at stopping coronavirus deaths, in accordance with a large-scale research of Argentine vaccinations printed in The Lancet. The research famous the outcomes may not be relevant to new variants just like the dominant Delta variant.
— Roughly 700 Russian docs have died from the coronavirus up to now in 2021, the Well being Ministry’s chief non-staff pathology specialist Igor Bukhtiyarov stated.
— Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot has suspended a number of pilots for refusing to vaccinate towards the coronavirus, the RBC information web site reported, citing an organization spokesperson.
— Russia may see a renewed surge of the coronavirus as early as this month, prime well being officers have warned.
— Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine demonstrated 94.8% efficacy towards Covid-19, in accordance with actual world information from San Marino, the place round 70% of the inhabitants have been inoculated with Sputnik V, the Russian Direct Funding Fund (RDIF) stated. The vaccine additionally confirmed 95.9% effectiveness towards hospitalization.
— The safety provided by Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine may improve throughout the first six months after vaccination, a preliminary research in Argentina has discovered. Researchers analyzed blood samples of these inoculated with the Russian jab and located antibody responses have been stronger six months after being vaccinated in comparison with ranges recorded three weeks after the second dose.
— Slovakia will halt using Sputnik V attributable to low demand amongst its inhabitants, experiences stated. The EU member state’s determination to approve the Russian vaccine forward of EU approval sparked a political uproar that led to the resignation of its prime minister.
— Russia registered its fifth coronavirus vaccine, EpiVacCorona-N, Interfax reported. The Well being Ministry stated it was an improve on the already-approved EpiVacCorona jab, which had been beneath scrutiny after scientific trial members raised questions in regards to the vaccine’s effectiveness. Each have been developed by the state-run Vector Institute.
— Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine gives sturdy safety towards hospitalization, in accordance with scientists who’ve performed the primary unbiased real-world research of the jab’s effectiveness in combating extreme infections.
— Russia will launch a nationwide lottery for residents who’re vaccinated, in accordance with an order signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. One thousand winners shall be randomly chosen to obtain money prizes of 100,000 rubles ($1,360).
— Thailand will enable vacationers vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V to enter its Phuket Sandbox areas, the Bangkok Put up reported.
— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has canceled guidelines requiring employers within the capital to make sure no less than 30% of unvaccinated employees work remotely. Pointers to employers to frequently take a look at staff for coronavirus and take temperature checks have additionally been scrapped.
— Chinese language aviation authorities have suspended Moscow-Shanghai flights operated by Russian flagship provider Aeroflot for 2 weeks beginning Monday, Aug. 16, after 5 Covid-19 circumstances have been detected amongst passengers on the July 30 flight, the Russian state-run 1prime.ru information web site reported.
— Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 83% efficient towards the Delta variant, Well being Minister Mikhail Murashko stated. Analysis printed in The Lancet this winter confirmed Sputnik V to be 91.6% efficient towards the unique coronavirus pressure.
— Russia noticed greater than 530,000 extra deaths between the beginning of the pandemic and the tip of June 2021, in accordance with official information.
— The European Union now acknowledges vaccination certificates from San Marino, the place 90% of these vaccinated have acquired Sputnik V.
— Russia has permitted scientific trials of a mix of its Sputnik V and the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine that can run by subsequent spring.
— Beginning Aug. 9, Russia plans to renew flights with Egypt’s resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, the nationwide coronavirus job drive introduced. Russia additionally plans to renew flights with Bahrain, the Dominican Republic and Moldova on that date.
— Russia’s Labor Ministry and the patron safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor issued directions for employers to make sure 80% immunity amongst employees by vaccinations and restoration from Covid-19, permitting paid go away for vaccinated staff and suspension with out pay for individuals who refuse to get vaccinated.
— Moscow’s 119 well being clinics and 45 vaccination websites started providing Sputnik V and Sputnik Gentle booster vaccine photographs towards coronavirus, in accordance with Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin kicked off the booster marketing campaign on July 1, urging vaccinated residents to get a 3rd shot six months later, because the nation battles the extremely contagious Delta variant.
— Beginning July 19, Moscow eating places will now not require a QR code proving one’s vaccination, immunity or adverse take a look at outcomes to dine indoors, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin introduced.
— Most service sector companies in Moscow met a Friday deadline to make sure 60% of their workforce acquired a primary dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the capital’s coronavirus taskforce stated. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin introduced he would give employers who fell brief one other week, till July 22, to fulfill the requirement.
— The Kremlin stated that Moscow had no speedy plans to permit overseas coronavirus vaccines into Russia, regardless of the nation’s sluggish vaccination charges and rising loss of life toll in a 3rd wave of the pandemic.
— Russia will resume reciprocal flights with France and the Czech Republic from July 24, the nation’s coronavirus info headquarters introduced.
— Russia has overtaken France as having the world’s fourth-highest variety of confirmed Covid-19 circumstances, in accordance with the World Well being Group.
— The builders of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine stated a deal had been struck with Indian vaccine maker the Serum Institute to provide 300 million doses yearly.
— Russia’s Federal Air Transport Company has ordered that airways take a look at all pilots and flight attendants for coronavirus as soon as each 72 hours, the RBC information web site reported.
— The republic of Buryatia in Siberia has lifted its lockdown after changing into the primary Russian area to order all non-essential outlets and companies to shut from June 27.
— Russia’s Black Sea coastal resorts together with Sochi would require visiting vacationers to vaccinate towards the coronavirus inside three days of arrival beginning Aug. 1, regional authorities introduced.
— St. Petersburg authorities will ban gatherings of greater than 75 individuals from July 13, metropolis officers introduced. Case numbers have spiked in Russia’s second-largest metropolis because it has hosted seven matches within the soccer event.
— Moscow’s out of doors restaurant verandas will keep open to diners who lack a QR code proving their vaccination or immunity by Aug. 1. Initially, the town deliberate to require QR codes to dine at verandas beginning July 12.
— Beginning July 7, Russians getting back from abroad shall be required to self-isolate till they take a look at adverse for Covid-19, client safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor stated. Vaccinated or not too long ago recovered Russians are exempt from the rule.
— A senior administrator at a western Russian clinic has been detained on suspicion of promoting faux coronavirus vaccine certificates, police stated. In the meantime, Moscow police introduced the town’s first prison case towards an individual who had allegedly bought a faux QR code for eating indoors on the metropolis’s eating places.
— The Kremlin stated it does not help closing inside borders between Russia’s areas to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus.
— Germany’s well being company stated on Monday it will elevate a ban on most vacationers from 5 international locations together with Russia which were hit by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Russia shall be reclassified as a “high-incidence space.”
— Moscow authorities introduced that each one sufferers with acute respiratory signs shall be required to self-isolate and take specific exams for COVID-19.
— Provides of Russia’s EpiVacCorona vaccine have run out in Moscow, metropolis authorities stated, leaving Sputnik V and Sputnik Gentle as the one remaining vaccine choices for Muscovites after provides of the CoviVac ran out on June 22.
AFP contributed reporting.