In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 23 586 cases of COVID-19 and 481 deaths due to a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The total case count going up to 3 568 209 and 65 566 deaths, the anti-coronavirus crisis center informed on Monday.
- Russia’s Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona coronavirus vaccines are not available or in short supply in 42 of the country’s region. Health care experts named transportation and production problems among the key logistical issues impeding Russia's mass vaccination campaign.
- 60% of Russians are unwilling to take the coronavirus vaccine compared with 40% willing to vaccinate, according to a survey by The Superjob.ru job board.
- Moscow has extended restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus until Jan. 21, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Thursday. All Moscow schoolchildren will be able to return to in-person classes next Monday.
- Bolivian President Luis Arce will take the Russian Sputnik V vaccine as the country plans to immunize 2,6 million people with the Russian-developed vaccine.
- Life in the Russian capital could return to normal by May, as long as people get vaccinated, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Thursday. Moscow has vaccinated around 140 000 so far, he added.
- Private clinics in Russia won't be allowed to administer paid vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine prior to its official registration in the country, representative of Russia's health watchdog Roszdravnadzor told Thursday. The ban covers clinics operating under a special legal regime, including the Skolkovo medical network.
- President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday tasked officials to launch mass coronavirus vaccinations from next week.
- Russia has extended its suspension of flights with Britain through Feb. 1 due to Britain's surge in new infections linked to a new strain of Covid-19 believed to be more infectious.