Doctors said there was no alternative to vaccination in the fight against the pandemic
Most of the cases are still in Moscow and the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod regions. The level of collective immunity in the Russian Federation is 45%.
The Delta strain continues to kill, and the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable to it, experts unanimously admit. Irresponsibility leads to restrictions: more than a third of the country's regions (about 30) have already introduced or are planning to introduce QR codes for visiting cafes, shopping centers and mass events.
Sverdlovsk, Leningrad, Omsk and Tula Regions, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Komi and Tyva Republics, Krasnoyarsk Krai are preparing to introduce this system at the end of October and November. In Moscow, QR codes have not yet been returned, but control over compliance with the mask regime has been strengthened. So, for the masks lowered on the chin, passengers now face a fine of 5 thousand rubles.
People relaxed, because for a long time there was no rise in morbidity, the daily number of cases was kept at the level of 8 thousand, said Alexander Chepurnov, senior researcher at the Institute of Clinical Immunology of the SB RAMS, Doctor of Biological Sciences.
According to the expert, there is simply no alternative to vaccination in the fight against the pandemic now.
"Vaccines "break the connection" between infections and hospitalizations, which confirms that they work," the Honored Doctor of Russia, the leading scientific editor of the distance learning service for medical workers, told Izvestia Vrachu.ru Mikhail Kagan.
He noted that the difference in the situation with COVID-19 between Russia and, for example, the UK, is not only that fewer citizens are vaccinated in the Russian Federation. And also in the fact that fewer of the most vulnerable people have been vaccinated in Russia. The risk of death and hospitalization due to coronavirus increases dramatically with age.
Thus, the decision to vaccinate the maximum number of Russians as soon as possible is still the most effective way to fight the virus. The proportion of vaccinated people has a decisive influence on the situation, the doctor concluded.