Moscow is slow to inoculate Russians despite approval, Health News, ET HealthWorld
In one example of the limited scope of distribution, the company financing the vaccine pointed to a shipment sent this past week to the Crimean Peninsula. The delivery contained doses for 21 people in a region with 2 million. The Russian ministry of health has not said how many people have been vaccinated in all of Russia. The minister, Mikhail Murashko, said last weekend that the first small shipments were being delivered this past week to the provinces. He did not say how many doses.
“Unfortunately, we have very little information,” said Dr Vasily Vlassov, a professor of epidemiology and vice president of the Russian Association for Evidence-Based Medicine. His organization had opposed approval of the vaccine before testing it. “If few Russians are receiving the vaccine, the early approval appears less troubling. Maybe nothing scary is happening in reality…,” he said. nyt