Investing.com – COVID-19 continues to threaten the global economy. The first reaction was a sell-off in the US stock market, which, however, stopped this week, and the market returned to growth. Meanwhile, some countries are introducing local restrictions – in certain regions or cities where outbreaks of the disease are observed.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll, as noted by UN Secretary General António Guterres, has exceeded the “terrifying milestone” of 1 million people (1,001,644), more than 33 million 353 thousand cases.
Most of all deaths from coronavirus in the United States – 205 thousand Brazil is in second place, where 142 thousand people died. In India, 96 thousand died, in Mexico – 76.6 thousand, in the UK – 42 thousand. At the same time, mass protests against quarantine measures and the wearing of masks periodically take place in London.
In Russia, where the number of cases as of Tuesday morning is 1,167,805, and the number of deaths recorded is 20,545, neither the population, nor business, nor the authorities need a new lockdown.
However, the increase in the number of cases increased sharply in September. The day before, 8135 new cases of infection were detected, over the last day – 8232.
Aghasi Tavadyan, an expert on statistics and modeling at the Center for Economic Research, told RIA Novosti that according to the most probable scenario, Russia will reach a peak in incidence in two to three weeks, and “in the worst case, the peak will happen in early November”.
Such a development of the situation, which was predicted by many experts back in the summer, forced the President at an expanded meeting of the Presidium of the State Council on Monday to appeal to the nation with an appeal to voluntarily comply with the necessary restrictive measures, “so as not to have to resort again, like in spring, … to very sensitive for the economy and burdensome for people large-scale practice of restrictions. “
In turn, the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin decided to send schoolchildren on a two-week vacation from October 5 to 18, although kindergartens will continue to work according to their usual schedule, Kommersant writes.
Meanwhile, it became obvious that until an effective vaccine appears, it will be possible to escape from the virus only through certain restrictions.
However, the race for the vaccine is already entering its final stages. At the moment, biopharmaceutical companies Moderna and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) with partner BioNTech are conducting a third phase of trials of their drug, the results of which are expected by experts “by the end of October, beginning of November,” Yahoo (NASDAQ: AABA) Finance reports.
Vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Novavax and AstraZeneca (LON: AZN) are also in this stage of testing. The latter was forced to suspend work due to the deterioration of one of the subjects, but then, in mid-September, resumed them after receiving confirmation from the British Medicines and Medical Devices Administration (MHRA) that it was safe to continue testing.
China intends to release several vaccines at once, which has become the cause of an unprecedented pandemic in recent history.
In Russia, already in October, they are preparing to register the second vaccine, which is being developed by the State Research Center “Vector” of Rospotrebnadzor (EpiVacCorona), Interfax wrote. Production is scheduled to begin in November.
The first domestic vaccine Sputnik, created by the Gamaleya Center and Binnopharm with the participation of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), was registered on August 11.
The Ministry of Health has already compiled a list of persons subject to priority vaccination. It includes physicians, teachers, police, trade, social security agencies, and catering. This also applies to “other organizations whose work is associated with direct contact with a large number of people (hotels, hairdressers, dry cleaners, banks, security companies, and others); students in institutions of secondary and higher professional education; persons subject to conscription ”.
Vaccination against coronavirus infection should be accelerated, but so far this is impossible, since production capacity is limited, the director of the Gamaleya Center, Alexander Gintsburg, told RIA Novosti.
According to him, up to 600 people are vaccinated in Moscow per day. In total, more than five thousand people managed to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Mass vaccination of Russians will begin only in 2021.
The text was prepared by Alexandra Shnitnikova