Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News, May 8

Russia has confirmed 4,871,843 cases of coronavirus and 112,922 deaths, according to the national coronavirus information center. Russia’s total excess fatality count since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is above 460,000.

May 8: What you need to know today
  • Russia on Saturday confirmed 8,329 new coronavirus cases and 370 deaths.
  • The makers of Russia’s third coronavirus vaccine CoviVak said their tests of a live polio vaccine for preventing Covid-19 have proven effective.
  • The makers of Russia’s second approved coronavirus vaccine EpiVacCorona are studying third doses to boost recipients’ immune response, a senior scientist said Wednesday.

April 30

— Turkey’s Medicines and Medical Devices Agency gave emergency authorization to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab’s developers confirmed Friday.

— Russia has produced 17,000 doses of Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, the RBC news website reported Friday, citing Rosselkhoznadzor press service.

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Thursday it would sue Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa after it refused to import the jab.

—The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has completed a special investigation into how Russia conducted clinical trials for its Sputnik V vaccine as part of the jab’s application for approval in the EU.

April 29

— Moscow authorities on Thursday confirmed 3,215 new coronavirus infections — a 74% increase and the highest number of infections in Russia’s capital reported in a single day since January.

— Russia’s Far Eastern Magadan region will introduce a monetary rewards program for vaccinated residents in at-risk groups and those over 60 years old in an attempt to boost vaccination drive in the region, state-run Interfax reported Thursday. A similar monetary rewards program for over-60s will be introduced in Chukotka autonomous district. Eligible residents in Magadan region will receive 1,000 rubles ($13), while in Chukotka the sum will equal 2,000 rubles.

April 28

— Russia’s central Ivanovo region will introduce entry restrictions for incoming tourists over May 1-11 nationwide holidays, according to a decree published on a government website Tuesday. All tourists arriving in the region will be required to present a negative coronavirus test result, a vaccination certificate, or a certificate stating the traveler has coronavirus antibodies.

April 27

— Starting April 27, all passengers traveling from India to Russia’s airports will be required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and submit additional PCR test results within days from the arrival date, state-run TASS news agency reported Wednesday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova.

— All Russian schools will remain closed during a countrywide non-working period over May 1-11, state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing Russia’s Ministry of Education.

April 26 

— The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Monday it had reached a production cooperation agreement with Turkey’s Viscoran Ilac pharmaceutical company. The Turkey-based manufacturer is expected to launch production of the jab over the coming months.

— Russia resumed flights with Estonia on April 25, state-run Interfax news agency reported Sunday.

— Russia has vaccinated 11.9 million people, or around 10% of its adult population, with a first dose of one of its three homemade coronavirus vaccines, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Monday.

— Brazil’s health regulator on Monday denied a request from several states to import Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, saying it did not have the data needed to verify the jab’s safety and efficacy.

April 23

— 255 people in Russia have been found to have a more contagious U.K. strain of the coronavirus, state-run TASS news agency reported Friday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova. Another 25 patients were confirmed to have the South African variant of the virus. The mutations were discovered in more than 50 Russian regions.

— Russia plans to resume flights with Egypt’s resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi confirmed Friday.

— President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed a proposal by the head of Russia’s health watchdog to introduce a non-working period over May 1-11 to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections.

April 22

— The World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency will launch the second step of the approval process of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on May 10, Reuters reported Thursday. Inspection of Sputnik V manufacturing practices is due to be concluded in June.

— Egyptian firm Minapharm announced Thursday it will produce 40 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for “global distribution,” marking the first partnership for the production of Sputnik V in the Middle East and North Africa. Rollout of the vaccine is expected later this year, Minapharm said in a joint statement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

— Germany is in talks with Russia to buy 30 million doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine once it is approved by the European Medicines Agency, Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer said on Thursday.

April 20 

— Moscow will introduce a rewards program for vaccinated residents over 60 years old in a bid to boost the city’s vaccination drive, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced Tuesday, warning that the city’s coronavirus situation is worsening. Vaccinated residents in this age group will be eligible for discounts at regional retailers and pharmacies.

April 19 

— Russian epidemiologists have detected two mutated strains of the coronavirus within the country but said they aren’t necessarily deadlier or more contagious, state-run Interfax reported Monday, citing Rospotrebnazor head Anna Popova.

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