MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Russia has managed to pass the peak of the new coronavirus epidemic, but has asked the country's citizens to comply with the restrictions.
“We managed to pass the peak, I hope we managed to pass the peak of the outbreak,” Putin said in an interview with Russia-24.
“I want to ask citizens to keep in mind that the virus has not gone anywhere, and ask them to comply with restrictive measures,” he added.
Since the beginning of the epidemic in the spring of this year, 975,576 Russians have been infected with coronavirus, 16,804 have died.
Putin announced in early August that Russia was the first in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine. On Thursday, he said his daughter, who got herself vaccinated, is doing well.
“The vaccine forms a stable immunity, my daughter feels well,” he said in an interview with Rossiya-24.
“Her temperature was 38.4 on one day. And on the second day she was, then everything is fine,” he said.
On the eve, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that Russia could register a second vaccine against coronavirus in late September – early October.
“Most likely, they will compete, these two drugs, they should not be inferior in effectiveness to each other,” Putin said.
(Anastasia Teterevleva, Elena Fabrichnaya, text by Dmitry Antonov, editor Anton Kolodyazhny)