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Putin urges Russian officials not to sugarcoat pandemic struggles as situation remains 'challenging'

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The coronavirus situation in Russia remains "challenging but controllable," President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, as he urged regional governors not to "conceal" the real scale of the struggle with new infections continuing to surge.

Moscow (CNN)The coronavirus situation in Russia remains "challenging but controllable," President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, as he urged regional governors not to "conceal" the real scale of the struggle with new infections continuing to surge.

"Since October 1, the average daily infection rate across the country increased by 2. 5 times, from 6. 1 cases to 15. 3 cases per 100,000 people," Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who is responsible for Russia's coronavirus response, said in the same meeting that Putin made his comments.

Across Russia, 81% of hospital beds allocated to coronavirus patients are occupied, with 10 regions reporting that they have exceeded 90% capacity, Golikova added.

Golikova also announced that Russia's second coronavirus vaccine, EpiVacCorona, developed by the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology Vector in Novosibirsk, has already entered Phase 3 of clinical trials, which so far involves 3,000 participants.

To date, Russia has registered two coronavirus vaccines ahead of large-scale Phase 3 trials, which are key to establish the product's safety and efficacy, drawing skepticism from the international community.

Golikova said Russia was increasing the production of coronavirus vaccines to bring mass vaccination closer.

"Timelines that are being submitted to us by production sites say that in November the plan is to introduce 653,000 doses of the vaccine into circulation among the general population and in December [that would be] 2. 2 million doses," Golikova said.

She did not specify who among the general population would receive the vaccine but Russia has previously said that frontline workers and teachers would be among the first to be vaccinated.

In addition to Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona will be supplied in small batches to Russia's regions in the coming weeks, Golikova said.

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