The Russian authorities must continue to explain to people why it is necessary to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. This was announced on Thursday by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, adding that there is no need to hide the tragic facts about morbidity and mortality from the new infection.
The Kremlin spokesman’s attention was drawn to statements that the increase in the incidence of covid in the Russian Federation continues due to the low level of vaccinations and the irresponsible behavior of some people. He was asked what the Kremlin sees as a way out of this situation.
“To continue to explain to people that they need to be vaccinated. To continue to explain, without hiding the most tragic facts, such as an increase in mortality, an increase in morbidity,” Peskov replied.
“It’s really irresponsible not to get vaccinated,” he stressed. “It kills.”
Editor’s note: Meanwhile Russia’s official COVID daily deaths keep climbing and climbing despite the rising vaccination rate. Today with a 45% adult vaccination rate Russia is recording far more official COVID deaths than last year this time around when the vaccine had not yet launched.
Shouldn’t have the vaccine — if it actually worked — already made a dent by now? And if it’s not capable of making a dent what exactly is the point of taking it? In fact, seeing vaccination rates and deaths rise in tandem one has to ask what is the cause? Has the vaccination of the not-at-risk with a leaky vaccine has selected for ever deadlier strains and made the virus more dangerous?
It is also true that Russia recorded very high excess deaths during last winter so its COVID death toll last winter was probably understated, so it is possible that the present seemingly record-high numbers aren’t actually the highest ever. However that is a whole another bag of worms, and ultimately we can only work with the numbers we are given. The Russian government being miserly and not transparent with its numbers at all (hospital capacity in use, the proportion of vaccinated cases, the proportion of vaccinated deaths…) and poor at gathering them in the first place (when it’s not being purposefully “creative” with them to start with) is a story all in itself…