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Russians ‘have a hard time trusting their own vaccine,’ expert says

  • Sunday, October 3, set records for the most COVID-19 deaths in Russia on a single day.
  • Only 29% of people in Russia are vaccinated, despite the country being the first to approve a vaccine.
  • The vast majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Russia are unvaccinated.
On Sunday, October 3, Russia reported its highest number of COVID-19 deaths per day since the start of the pandemic for the fifth time in a week. That day, 890 people died of the disease. The number of new infections was 25,769, the second-highest of the year.
Russia has the highest COVID-19 death toll of any European nation, with 218,345 fatalities. The country has reported 7,832,964 cases of the disease since the start of the pandemic.
According to The Guardian, publicly available data suggest that 600,000 “excess deaths” have occurred in Russia from the start of the pandemic to July 2021. This statistic suggests that the official death toll may significantly undercount the actual figure.

Rising rates

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says that the government is “seriously concerned” about the rise in COVID-19 infections and fatalities.
Mishustin points out: “Morbidity is increasing in most Russian regions. There are twice as many patients in hospitals as there were at the same time last year.” Mishustin himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April.
As SARS-CoV-2’s Delta variant moves through Russia’s population, Mishustin attributes the surge to low vaccination rates among the country’s citizens, saying that “the vaccination level is insufficient to stop the spread of infection.”
Of the people currently hospitalized in Russia with COVID-19, the vast majority are unvaccinated.
This is in spite of the fact that Russia was the first nation to approve a vaccine for COVID-19, its own Sputnik V vaccine. Today, three different vaccines are available throughout the country.

Low vaccination factors

President Vladimir Putin has consistently urged the Russian people to get vaccinated, saying, “[COVID-19 is] dangerous, dangerous to your life. The vaccine is not dangerous.”
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