Russia may not be able to vaccinate 60% of the population against the emerging coronavirus by the autumn, noting that the pace of vaccination against the coronavirus in the country is improving during the recent period.
“It is clear that we will not be able to vaccinate 60 percent of the population because the number of those wishing to be vaccinated began to increase somewhat during this week,” Kremlin press spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement. Previously it was lower than it is now.
There is a significant shortage of vaccines needed for vaccination in all regions of Russia, including in the capital, Moscow.
At the same time, government sources confirm the availability of the necessary vaccines for vaccination, noting that citizens have to wait at least two weeks to receive the vaccination compared to the previous period.
Over the past few days, Russian officials have called on citizens to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, against the backdrop of the increasing number of infected people in the country in general and in Moscow in particular.
Meanwhile, former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, head of the ruling United Russia party and deputy head of the Russian Security Council, said that his country and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations “ASEAN” need to coordinate efforts to ensure a comprehensive vaccination of the Coronavirus.
“We need to unite efforts to ensure widespread vaccination of citizens,” Medvedev added during a discussion with ASEAN countries, stressing that “this is a difficult task, but we are ready for further interaction with our partners in this field.”
He explained that the campaign also includes “the possibilities offered by the Russian (Sputnik V) vaccine,” adding, “It has proven its reliability and safety,” noting that “in general, Russia and the ASEAN bloc can exchange experiences and possibilities available in the vaccination campaign.”