In Russia, a Brazilian, more infectious, strain of COVID-19 was identified. This was reported to “Interfax” in the scientific center “Vector”.
“On the territory of the Russian Federation, the” delta “variant has become widespread, isolated cases of the” gamma “variant have been identified … The” lambda “and” epsilon “variants, attributed to the variants of interest, have not been identified on the territory of the Russian Federation,” Vector “.
Experts have identified a tendency in Russia to replace other variants of the coronavirus with the delta strain. “Taking into account the competitive advantages it has in comparison with the known variants, there is no reason to expect the displacement of the delta variant by the already studied varieties of SARS-CoV-2,” they explained there.
In Russia, over the past day, 24,471 cases of coronavirus infection were detected, the total number of those infected since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 6,054,711.Since the beginning of the pandemic, 151,501 infected with COVID-19 have died.
On July 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for accelerating the pace of coronavirus vaccination in the country. He noted that people need to be convinced of the need for vaccination, but not to impose it. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that 33.6 million people received the first component of the vaccine, both components – 22.6 million. According to her, Moscow and 16 other regions are close to the herd immunity level of 60%.
For more information on the situation with the virus, see the article “Kommersant” “Immunity-a-tet”.