No special documents for those vaccinated against coronavirus in Russia - the so-called covid passports - are not needed.

This opinion was expressed by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, who noted that discussions on this topic are often interpreted incorrectly.

“Either because of a misunderstanding, or for some other reason, this topic is being presented in the wrong way, scaled up, because no one said that Russia would introduce covid passports.

This is an invention in public opinion ... It was about the fact that an electronic register of vaccinated people is being maintained, this is correct, ”she told reporters, stressing that the vaccination process in the country is purely voluntary.

“In the perception of people, this is such a red book, where there will be a lot of stamps, and with this book he will receive some additional rights and opportunities.

It would not be like that and it would be inappropriate to do it - to separate people, to give them different rights, based on the results of vaccination, is wrong, ”added Matvienko.

In turn, the ombudsman for human rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova called covid passports an important measure in the fight against the epidemic.

“Given the current realities in the spread of COVID-19 and the restrictive measures taken,“ antique passports ”at this stage are a timely and necessary condition in countering the pandemic.

I would like to remind you that today vaccination is the only and sure way to overcome the current situation, ”she told RIA Novosti.

Earlier, the head of Bashkiria, Radiy Khabirov, said that from February 5, the regional authorities will begin to issue special documents to both those who have been vaccinated and those who have been ill and have antibodies.

A survey conducted by the SuperJob portal showed that 59% of respondents do not support the possible introduction of covid passports, 12% supported the initiative, and 29% of respondents abstained, writes Interfax.

Commenting on the situation, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that there is still no official position on this issue, as well as a single opinion: the discussion is taking place within the framework of an expert discussion.

Vaccination progress

On Monday, January 18, the coronavirus vaccination campaign in Russia entered the stage of mass vaccination of the population.

According to the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, 70 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine will be delivered to Russian regions by June 2021.

“This week, more than 375 thousand two-component doses of the Sputnik V vaccine have been introduced into civilian circulation.

The supply of vaccines to the regions continues to increase, ”said the head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko.

He also said that the Chumakov Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Medicines of the Russian Academy of Sciences submitted documents to the Ministry of Health for registration of the third Russian vaccine against coronavirus - Kovivac.

According to the head of the department, after the end of the examination, the issue of state registration of the drug will be resolved.

“Thus, vaccines created using three different technologies will be available in Russia, which will undoubtedly become a serious contribution to the victory over the COVID-19 pandemic,” Murashko said.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova reported that the vaccine preparation of the Chumakov Center can be stored at a positive temperature of 2 ° C to 8 ° C.

At the same time, Konstantin Chernov, the deputy head of the Chumakov center for project activities and innovations, indicated that the vaccine could enter civilian circulation in March.

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Speaking at the government hour in the Federation Council, Murashko noted that the coronavirus pandemic has changed "the landscape of the economy in the country and in the world", as well as all the activities of the healthcare system.

“We worked hard and hard.

The result was not only a change in the regulation and provision of the market with the necessary medical products and overcoming the crisis of personal protective equipment, but also the development and registration of 11 new drugs that are effective in the fight against COVID-19, ”he explained.

Foreign Markets

On Wednesday, January 20, it became known that the Russian Direct Investment Fund submitted an application to the EU structures for registration of the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by the specialists of the Gamaleya Center.

"RDIF has submitted an application for registration of the vaccine and expects that the rolling review process will begin in February," the RDIF press service said.

At the same time, the day before, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) held a scientific review for the drug developers.

RDIF noted that the EMA's decision regarding Sputnik V will be made after a series of expert reviews.

In turn, a representative of the sanitary-epidemiological welfare and public health service of Uzbekistan told RIA Novosti that in the near future the country will receive additional materials on "Sputnik V", after which certification of the drug will begin.

And the Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan Alymkadyr Beishenaliev said that Bishkek requested 500 thousand doses of the vaccine from Moscow.

According to him, the Russian Ministry of Health has already agreed to the supply: "In the near future, the issue will be resolved."

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The situation in the country and the world

Over the past day, 21,152 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Russia, of which 3,347 were in St. Petersburg, 2,452 in Moscow, 994 in the Moscow region.

In the previous two days, the figure was 21,734 and 22,857.

Over the past day, 25,290 patients were discharged, 597 deaths were recorded.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 registered in the country since the beginning of the epidemic has reached 3,633,952. 3,027,316 patients have recovered.

From complications that developed against the background of coronavirus infection and concomitant diseases, 67,220 people died.

The press service of Rospotrebnadzor reported that since the beginning of the epidemic in the Russian Federation, more than 97.6 million laboratory tests have been carried out for the presence of COVID-19.

About 629 thousand people remain under medical supervision.

“Our numbers are going down, the trend is going down.

In terms of daily sickness per 100 thousand of the population, the Russian Federation consistently ranks 60-56 in the rating of states, ”said Anna Popova, the chief sanitary doctor of Russia.

The World Health Organization reported that in the week of January 11-17, a record number of deaths were recorded since the beginning of the pandemic - 93,882 people died worldwide.

Over the same period of time, more than 4.7 million cases of COVID-19 were detected.

According to Johns Hopkins University, nearly 96.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been identified worldwide since the start of the pandemic.

More than 2 million people have died from complications of the disease worldwide, the largest number of deaths was recorded in the United States - 401 thousand.