Vladimir Putin:- Covid, Vaccination & “Walking between the raindrops”

Vaccination Rates

As of 2021-October, here is the current vaccination rate for listed counties:
Country Vaccination Rate
Portugal 87%
UAE 86%
Singapore 84%
Spain 80%
Cambodia 77%
Uruguay 75%
China 74%
Canada 74%
South Korea 72%
Italy 71%
France 68%
UK 67%
Germany 66%
Cuba 62%
US 57%
Turkey 56%
Brazil 55%
Thailand 41%
Mexico 42%
Iran 35%
Russia 33%
Rumania 33%
Indonesia 25%
India 22%
Vietnam 22%
Bangladesh 12%
South Africa 20%
Philippines 19%
Pakistan 17%
Ukraine 16%
Egypt 8%
Kenya 3%
Ethiopia 1%
Tanzania 1%
Nigeria 1%

Attributions

  1. Ian Brenner
    • % of the total population fully vaccinated against covid
      Link
  2. Our World in Data
    • Statistics and Research – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccinations
      Link

Videos

  1. DW News
    • Moscow enters lockdown as the country is at risk to lead in global COVID infections | DW News
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel:- DW News
          Date Published:- 2021-October-28th
          Date Added:- 2021-October-28th
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    • How to contain the spread of Covid amid vaccine scepticism in Romania? | COVID-19 Special
      • Profile
        • Nearly 400 Romanians are dying from the virus every day. The health system is collapsing. Ambulances are queuing outside hospitals, already at capacity. Some Covid patients are being transferred to neighboring Hungary for treatment. Romania has one of the highest Covid-19 death rates in the world. What will it take to stop the spread of the virus in a country where thousands are against containment measures including vaccinations?
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel:- DW News
          Date Published:- 2021-October-21st
          Date Added:- 2021-October-28th
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  2. PBS NewsHour
    • Russia struggles against the delta variant and low vaccination rates
      • Profile
        • Authorities in parts of Russia are now mandating vaccination, in the face of high COVID-19 infections and record deaths. Just 25 percent of adults are fully inoculated in the country.
        • With four domestic vaccines available, Russians are not facing any shortages, but the government is struggling with widespread skepticism.
        • Special correspondent Julia Chapman reports.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel:- PBS NewsHour
          Date Published:- 2021-August-11th
          Date Added:- 2021-October-28th
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  3. CBC News: The National
    • Lack of trust fuels vaccine hesitancy in Russia
      • Profile
        • Roughly 10 percent of Russia’s population has received a COVID-19 vaccine, the lowest rate among developed countries, something experts and citizens say is because of a lack of trust about the Sputnik V vaccine.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel:- CBC News: The National
          Date Published:- 2021-May-24th
          Date Added:- 2021-October-28th
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Video Transcripts

DW News

Moscow enters lockdown as the country is at risk to lead in global COVID infections | DW News

  1. Moscow went into lockdown Thursday until November 7 to combat a surge in COVID cases. It comes as Russia officially recorded more than 40,000 new COVID infections and 1,159 deaths. Russia has officially recorded nearly 8.4 million cases and more than 235,000 deaths since the pandemic began, though the official statistics agency Rosstat said in October there have been 400,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Independent experts say Russian authorities have severely understated coronavirus figures in the country.
  2. The Moscow lockdown is the strictest since June of 2020. Retail outlets, restaurants, sporting and entertainment venues, schools, and kindergartens will all be closed and only shops selling food and medicine and other essentials are permitted to remain open. AFP reports many were planning on using the paid holiday Putin ordered last week from October 30 to November 7 to go on holiday, with demand surging for airline tickets to Turkey and Egypt and the mayor of Sochi preparing for an influx of tourists. Muscovites were not being ordered to stay home and the metro remained packed, with many foregoing masks. Hospitals in the capital are also slammed with COVID-19 cases.
  3. Despite the availability of a vaccine, the Russian Sputnik V, many remain hesitant to get the jab and only 32% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the Gogov website which tracks COVID figures. Russian President Vladimir Putin has lamented the unwillingness of Russians to get vaccinated. Kommersant reports the presidential administration is working on a relaunch of its COVID-19 vaccine campaign with a less vexing message focusing on freedom from lockdown as opposed to scary consequences such as death if one fails to get the shot. Experts had urged the Russian government to set up a group to conduct the campaign and focus broadly on the regions but that message went largely unheeded.
  4. 00:00 Moscow in Lockdown
    03:13 Why are COVID cases surging in Russia?
    06:12 Coronavirus latest
    06:54 COVID infections surge in Germany

Stories

RT

Make Covid-19 jabs compulsory, Russian bosses demand, as business fears big losses from new ‘non-working days’ after record deaths

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  1. Association of Retail Companies (AKORT) and the Association of Internet Trading Companies (AKIT)A group of Russian
    • Trade associations have urged the government not to shutter shops as part of a new plan to drive down the sharp spike in coronavirus cases across the country, arguing instead that jabs should become mandatory.
    • On Wednesday, they published a letter sent to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Grigorenko, making the case for “de facto compulsory and universal vaccination.”
    • “In addition, the business believes that it is worth allowing citizens to be vaccinated for free not only in public clinics but also in private ones,” the letter says. A number of immunization points handing out jabs have seen queues form in recent days as regional governments introduced new measures aimed at boosting uptake.
    • Their requests come days after the news that the government would extend a national holiday, with Moscow and St. Petersburg shutting down shops for several days, and the Kremlin ordering officials to look at introducing a nationwide 11pm curfew on nightlife. The business associations, however, say this hits them at the worst possible time.
    • “The period from October to December is a high season in a trade, during which a number of companies generate 30-50% of annual revenues. Therefore, the closure of retail outlets will have a detrimental effect on both trade enterprises and the country’s economy as a whole,” the letter continues.
  2. Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia, Mikhail Shmakov
    • On Wednesday, the head of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia, Mikhail Shmakov, also backed the demands to take away people’s ability to opt-out of vaccines, saying that this is the right time for mandatory jabs.
    • “I understand that this is an unpopular call. There comes a time when it is necessary to move from voluntariness to compulsory vaccination because this is already threatening the population, the human population in our country… The future of the world of work in Russia,” he said.

DW ( Made for Minds )

Coronavirus vaccine: Why are so many Russians skeptical of the COVID shot?

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  1. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin
    • Lockdown
      • Once again, schools, stores, restaurants, sports centers, and hair salons in Moscow and the region around the Russian capital have been forced to close. Drugstores and shops that sell food are allowed to remain open, along with theaters and museums, but visitors must show a QR code to prove they’ve been vaccinated or are fully recovered from a COVID infection.
      • Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the new measures last week, ordering all companies to furlough nonessential staff until November 7. On his website, Sobyanin warned of a “historic peak in new COVID infections” and urged his fellow Muscovites to “take a short break and help save the health and lives of many people,” assuring them that life would get back to normal afterward.
  2. Dr. Alexey Agranovsky, professor in the Virology Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University
    • The moves come as Russia, which has seen a low vaccination rate, is experiencing new highs in COVID-19 cases and deaths, due in large part to the new, more infectious delta strain. On October 27, authorities registered 36,600 new cases of COVID-19, more than ever. More than 1,000 people are dying every day.
    • “The situation in Moscow is very serious. We can’t talk about waves in Moscow. Since summer we’ve plateaued at a very high level of new infections,” said Dr. Alexey Agranovsky, professor in the Virology Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
    • “Now we’re starting from that high level and going up. It’s a very concerning and unfortunate situation.”
    • Agranovsky told DW that the new restrictions were the right step, but he said it might not be enough. Most experts recommend a minimum lockdown of two weeks due to the COVID incubation period.
    • “Eleven days isn’t enough at all. It’s another example of a half measure, and an attempt to please everyone,” he said. “But you have to keep public health in mind. … We’re talking about real deaths, real illness and long COVID. We have to put a stop to it.”
    • He warned that Mayor Sobyanin may be forced to extend the measures, should the rate of infection remain high.
  3. Only a third of the population vaccinated
    • Russia’s current struggles are surprising, given the country’s first-in-the-world mass vaccination drive. But in the 10 months, since the Russian-made Sputnik V was brought to market, Moscow is still struggling to get shots in arms.
    • Only around 36% of Russians have had at least one dose of a domestic vaccine, one of the lowest rates in Europe. This is low compared to other industrialized countries. In Germany, the vaccination rate is almost twice as high.
  4. Vaccine Hesitancy
    • Part of the problem is Russia’s homegrown vaccine; many of those surveyed who had yet to be vaccinated said they’d rather wait for an international version. Andrey Milekhin, vice president of survey institute Gallop International and director of Russia’s Romir research institute, said the international community’s reluctance to embrace Sputnik V is also weighing on vaccination rates.
    • “What’s happening with the registration of our vaccine? I also don’t understand it,” he told DW. “Why don’t all international medical bodies accept the vaccine? Questions like that erode public trust.”
    • That skepticism isn’t limited to the general public, either — many in the medical community have been reluctant as well. “That’s the most surprising fact among all the tendencies we’re observing,” said Agranovsky. “Among doctors, there aren’t just a lot of vaccine skeptics, but also people who raise doubts about COVID more generally.”
    • Agranovsky recalled being told by the nurse administering his inoculation that he was “a brave man” for agreeing to be vaccinated. “And it’s not just hospital and clinical staff,” he said. “There are also people with medical degrees who hold roundtables and discussion forums and they’re attracting many people who are affected by their arguments.”
  5. Distrust of Authorities
    • The Levada Center, a nongovernmental polling organization, found that the population distrusts both the vaccine and the authorities in general. Denis Volkov, the center’s director, told DW that there was a widespread lack of confidence in the country’s power structures, with about 50% of Russians disapproving of the government’s work.
    • “The number of those willing to be vaccinated is much lower among those who have a negative attitude toward the authorities,” he said, adding that those who distrust the authorities tend to oppose almost all government initiatives, from vaccination campaigns to digital voting to video surveillance. But he also said most of those who were afraid of the vaccine was also worried about contracting COVID-19.
    • Currently, only about half of the Russian population supports the authorities’ efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Romir research institute. “Right now, we’re seeing a polarization in public opinion,” said director Milekhin. He said this was why there were so many online debates about this issue, and why so many people were deliberately spreading misinformation.
    • He fears that while the latest lockdown might be the right measure from an epidemiological standpoint, the protracted anti-COVID campaign combined with expanded restrictions is only making many Russians more resistant to the government’s pleas to get vaccinated.
    • “People stop listening. They develop mental blocks. And the thick skin many people develop comes from the fact that all these arguments, the frightening images, just stop having an effect,” he said.
  6. Increasing Vaccination
    • According to data collected by the independent website gogov.ru, which tracks vaccinations in Russia, the daily vaccination rate is once again approaching the peak values recorded during the summer, after a similar two-week period with stricter COVID measures. Since mid-October, over 500,000 people have been receiving a shot every day.
    • Volkov of the Levada Center said the announcement of the new lockdown and the increasing restrictions on unvaccinated people in different regions of Russia had already had an impact on the population’s anti-vaccine stance.
    • “Our studies have shown that a significant proportion of those who do not want to be vaccinated wait for the moment when they can no longer avoid it,” he said. “However, suitable measures only work if they are consistent and long-lasting, which is not the case here.”
    • Volkov is certain it was the long and hard lockdown in various European countries that contributed to Europeans getting vaccinated in greater numbers than in Russia.

 

References

  1. RT
    • Make Covid-19 jabs compulsory, Russian bosses demand, as business fears big losses from new ‘non-working days’ after record deaths
      Link
  2. DW ( Made for Minds )
    • Coronavirus vaccine: Why are so many Russians skeptical of the COVID shot?
      Link
  3. CTV News
    • Russia Ukraine Report Daily Deaths low vaccinations
      Link
  4.  CP24
    • Russia, Ukraine see record daily deaths, low vaccinations
      Link
  5. Live Mint
    • Covid-19: Moscow shuts down as Russia sees record virus cases, deaths
      Link
  6. WVNS-TV, 59News, Fox59, and StormTracker59 – CBS and Fox-affiliated Nexstar Media Group station for southern West Virginia
    • Moscow shuts most workplaces as infections, deaths soar
      Link

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