After admitting that its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 failed, despite being one of the countries that created a vaccine against this disease, the Kremlin blamed the population, which is reluctant to be vaccinated at a time that Russia is experiencing a rebound of cases.
This Friday, Russia registered a new record of cases and deaths by COVID-19, with 1,64 deaths and 37,141 infections reported in the last 24 hours.
“We are in a worse situation than a whole series of European countries when it comes to vaccination. And suddenly, with the impulse of more aggressive variants, there are more people who fall ill, that is the reality of the moment” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters.
Barely a third of Russians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since December, in a context of distrust of domestically developed vaccines.
But, for Peskov, the performance of the state should not be called into question, but rather that of the population.
“The problem is the awareness of citizens”said the spokesman, who was not vaccinated either (something he justified by saying that he had a high level of antibodies, having passed the disease in May 2020).
Although the Russian authorities have urged the population to get vaccinated, they also hinted that the epidemic could be managed, limiting sanitary restrictions to the maximum to protect the economy.
President, Vladimir Putin decreed a non-working week from October 30 to November 7 to stop the rise in cases and deaths, while Moscow will close for eleven days all its services, companies and businesses considered “non-essential” as of October 28.
According to the government, COVID-19 has caused 228,453 deaths in Russia, but the Rosstat statistics agency considers that this figure is underestimated and that by the end of August the coronavirus had already killed more than 400,000 people in the country.