Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 1

Vietnam has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, its health ministry announced Tuesday. A thousand doses of Sputnik V, given to Hanoi as a gift from Russia, are already in the country but it is unclear if or when more doses would arrive.

The Leningrad region of Russia is facing shortages of Sputnik V vaccine with just 975 doses available, the St. Petersburg-based 47news.ru news website reported Monday, citing the regional health committee.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund had signed an agreement with an India-based pharmaceuticals giant Virchow Group for the production of up to 200 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine a year.

Foreign university students from 25 countries, including Switzerland, Greece, Japan and South Korea, will be allowed to return to Russia for their studies, according to a government decree issued Saturday. Returning students must notify their universities by email 10 days ahead of arrival and submit two coronavirus tests 72 hours before and after landing in Russia.

According to figures published by state statistics agency Rosstat, Russia’s real coronavirus death toll stands at 131,118, with the virus present in another 69,314 deaths.

April 1: What you need to know today
  • Russia on Thursday confirmed 9,196 new coronavirus cases and 383 deaths.
  • Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday has upheld the country’s nationwide mask mandate.
  • Russia has approved what it says is the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the state veterinary service said Wednesday.
  • Austria said on Tuesday it was negotiating with Russia over the possible purchase of 1 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine — which has yet to be approved by EU regulators.
  • The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has pre-ordered Sputnik V to vaccinate the city’s residents despite France and the EU not authorizing it yet, French broadcaster BFMTV reported Tuesday.
  • Russia’s Health Ministry has approved Sputnik Light, the single-shot version of the country’s Sputnik V vaccine, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday.
  • Russia has agreed to a deal for more than 60 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to be produced in China from May, the jab’s developer said Monday.

March 25

  • Russia has introduced its third registered coronavirus vaccine, CoviVak, for general use, Interfax reported. The two-dose, whole-virion vaccine uses complete, but inactive, particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.
  • Russia will resume flights with Germany, Venezuela, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka starting April 1, Russia’s coronavirus response center announced. Also starting that day, Russia will increase its number of flights with Cuba, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt and the UAE.

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