The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia, Melita Vuinovich, called the actions of the Russian authorities to counter the spread of coronavirus infection in the country unprecedented. According to her, Russia has become one of the leaders in the number of tests carried out, which made it possible to “see well the number of those infected.” Earlier, the headquarters of Moscow reported that they began to test more and better detect coronavirus infection in the capital: the number of tests increased on average from 40 thousand to 60 thousand per day.
“What we can say about the response to COVID-19 was absolutely unprecedented. The huge response of the entire system, the entire government, at all levels, which made it possible to clearly see the number of infected. Russia is one of the leading in the world in terms of the number of tests carried out, ”said Vujnovic.
At the same time, according to her, WHO does not observe a significant increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Russia, in contrast to the European region.
Earlier, the Moscow operational headquarters for the control and monitoring of the situation with coronavirus infection reported that they began to test more and better detect COVID-19 in the capital. The number of tests carried out in Moscow laboratories has increased on average from 40 thousand to 60 thousand per day.
Over the past day, 5670 new cases of coronavirus infection COVID-19 were detected in 84 regions of Russia – this is the maximum growth rate per day since July 26. In the previous two days, 5529 and 5509 cases were recorded. According to the headquarters, 23.1% of new patients had no clinical manifestations of the disease.
No new cases have been identified in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. The subjects with the lowest rates of increase in cases were the Moscow and Smolensk regions, the Chechen Republic (all – 0.2% each), Moscow, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Chuvash Republic, the Tula and Omsk regions (all – 0.3% each).
In total, in Russia, the diagnosis of COVID-19 was confirmed in 1,079,519 people. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 890 114 patients (82.45%) have recovered in the country, including 5809 in the last day. 223 651 people remain under medical supervision.
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The regions where the largest number of new cases were detected per day included Moscow (750), St. Petersburg (207), Moscow (173), Rostov (167) and Nizhny Novgorod (165) regions.
The leader in the country in terms of the number of detected cases is Moscow (273,273, of which 35,500 remain active). As noted in the Department of Health of the capital, the average daily growth rate of new cases over the past 14 days is 0.26%.
“In accordance with the Rospotrebnadzor criteria, an indicator of less than one indicates a stable epidemiological situation in the city,” the capital’s headquarters said.
Sputnik V vaccine trials
On Wednesday, September 16, several details became known from the protocol of the clinical study of the vaccine “Gam-COVID-Vac” – 2020, developed by the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamalei. According to RIA Novosti, before participating in the research, volunteers will undergo a screening, within which they will pass tests for coronavirus infection, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, as well as for the content of alcohol, narcotic or psychostimulating substances.
So, female volunteers participating in post-registration clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 are not recommended to become pregnant or breastfeed, while men are advised to avoid conceiving a child and don’t donate sperm for artificial insemination during the study period and for three months after its completion.
In addition, research participants should stop drinking alcohol three days before and after drug administration, and during the trial, refrain from excessive drinking. Also, during the tests, it is necessary to reduce the number of smoked cigarettes to 10 per day.
In addition, it became known that volunteers are injected with a vaccine or placebo on an empty stomach, while the day before, it is necessary to refrain from intense sports.
Participants in the tests must also keep an electronic diary, which must be entered at least 15 times.
On August 11, Vladimir Putin announced the registration in Russia of the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus infection. It was named Sputnik V after the first artificial satellite of the Earth. The drug is a solution for intramuscular injection and allows you to form immunity for up to two years. Currently, the vaccine has already been released into civilian circulation. Earlier, the Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko said that mass vaccination of the population should be expected by the beginning of winter, when the manufacturers of Sputnik V will be able to launch the production of the drug in large volumes.