Coronavirus in Russia: the Ministry of Defense announced the readiness of the vaccine against Covid-19

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the readiness of the coronavirus vaccine, its mass production promises to begin in August. Rosaviatsia proposes to resume flights abroad from six cities. This and other news – in the BBC review.

Second day in a row less than 6 thousand cases

According to the operational headquarters, 5,842 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Russia per day (98 less than the day before), and their total number reached 783,328.

The daily gain for the third day in a row renews the lows of almost the last three months. On the eve, for the first time since April 29, less than 6 thousand new cases were recorded in Russia.

Most infections over the last day were detected in Moscow (602), Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (228), Sverdlovsk Region (227), Nizhny Novgorod Region (196) and St. Petersburg (189).

Died, according to the headquarters, 153 people – almost twice as many as the day before. On the eve, 85 deaths were registered – the lowest figure since May 4.

The total number of deaths rose to 12 580. 8 782 people recovered in a day, during the entire time of the pandemic – 562 384.

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Ministry of Defense: Russian vaccine is ready

The Russian vaccine against coronavirus, being developed by the Ministry of Defense in conjunction with the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, is ready, said First Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Tsalikov.

“The final assessments of the test results by our specialists and scientists of the National Research Center have already been made. At the time of discharge, all volunteers, without exception, having received immunity to coronavirus, felt fine. Thus, the first domestic vaccine against the new coronavirus infection is ready,” said he is in an interview with the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.

Volunteers who tested the vaccine were discharged from hospitals on July 15 and 20, he said.

The development of a vaccine against coronavirus is funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). The head of the fund, Kirill Dmitriev, also in an interview with “Arguments and Facts” declaredthat mass production of the vaccine is scheduled to begin in August. “We expect approval from regulators in the Russian Federation in August and immediately after that we plan to start mass production,” he said.

Earlier, Dmitriev reported that the second phase of testing the vaccine will end on August 3, and the third will take place not only in Russia, but also in other countries, including the Middle East.

The Ministry of Health also said that the vaccine is still in the final stages of clinical trials. “At present, the second phase of clinical trials of the vaccine developed by the NF Gamaleya Research Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health of Russia continues and is at its final stage,” the ministry said.

On the eve of the Bloomberg agency wrote that Russian billionaires, top managers and officials got access to the vaccine being developed by the military back in April. One agency source claimed that the program, which received dozens of people with doses of the experimental vaccine, was legal but kept under wraps to avoid an influx of potential participants.

Director of the Center. Gamalei Alexander Gunzburg said that he knew nothing about this. The Ministry of Health assured that the vaccine was tested only on volunteers who were officially included in the trials.

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International flights can resume from six cities

Rosaviatsia proposes to resume flights abroad from six Russian cities – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don and Vladivostok. Izvestia writes about this with reference to a letter from the head of the agency, Alexander Neradko, and also confirms the source of RBC in one of the relevant departments.

According to Izvestia’s source, the airports that can be allowed international flights were selected on a geographical basis: each macro-region has a large air harbor through which residents of nearby cities will be able to fly abroad. At the same time, in Moscow, he specified, three airports will be able to serve international flights.

Earlier, Rosaviatsia offered to resume international air traffic from July 15, however, according to RBC sources, it did not receive permission from Rospotrebnadzor for this. In addition, the head of the agency Neradko suggested starting a phased removal of restrictions on international flights from the CIS countries.

Turkish news agency Anadolu reported last week that Turkey’s transport ministry had reached an agreement with Russia to resume flights between the countries from July 15th. However, the Russian authorities have not confirmed this.

Russia has suspended international scheduled and charter flights due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus since March 27. In early July, the overseas flight ban was extended until August 1.

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What is the reason for the growth in vodka sales

In April 2020, Magnit recorded an increase in alcohol sales by 13% and, in particular, vodka – by 20% (compared to the same period last year), told RBC president and general director of the retail chain Jan Dunning.

In his opinion, the growth in sales of vodka may be due to the fact that people have used it as a remedy for the coronavirus. “Perhaps it [рост продаж водки] associated with rumors that vodka prevents the spread of the disease, “he said.

Dunning also noted that the data of “Magnet” does not confirm the conventional version that people, sitting at home, begin to consume more strong alcohol. In Russia, in recent years, there has been a decrease in the consumption of alcoholic beverages and changes in the situation are not expected in Magnit.

“I think this trend [спад потребления] will continue, unless, of course, vodka really is a “vaccine” against coronavirus, “he said.

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