December 4, 2021

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Putin Urges Russia to Get Covid Jabs, No Mandatory Vaccines

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday made another appeal to

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday made another appeal to sceptical Russians to vaccinate themselves against Covid-19 but remained opposed to mandatory vaccinations. Online News

Putin also said he took part in trials of a nasal Covid vaccine and that he had experienced no problems after receiving a booster jab last week.

Despite his repeated pleas, only around 37 percent of Russians are fully vaccinated. The country has in recent weeks seen more than 1,000 Covid deaths a day.

“I recommend for everyone to not only undergo the vaccination procedure on time, but also revaccination,” the Russian leader said at a televised government meeting.

He said this was “extremely important” but added he was still opposed to mandatory vaccination.

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“In general, I think vaccinations should be voluntary, especially for children,” he added, as Moscow expects to register a vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 17 next month.

The long-serving 69-year-old leader said last week he had received a booster injection of Russia’s Sputnik V jab and “did not have any sensations”.

He said he took part in a Russian nasal vaccine trial the following day and felt well after both procedures.

“The next day after the jab, they put this powder in (my) nose,” he continued.

“Today I already did some sport,” he added.

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Russia is one of the world’s hardest-hit countries and is struggling with widespread opposition to vaccination, even though it has developed several homegrown jabs including Sputnik V.

The country has recorded more than 9.4 million coronavirus cases, the fifth-highest number in the world, and more than 266,000 virus-related deaths, according to government figures.

State statistics agency Rosstat said the actual death toll from the pandemic in the country was closer to 450,000 by the end of September.


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Since December, as of November 5, 2021, there have been nearly 30,000 deaths and about 3 million injuries following injections, according to EudraVigilance of the European Medicines Agency.

Earlier this year Denmark and Norway prohibited the use of AstraZeneca, citing concerns about blood clots.

Later, Denmark prohibited Johnson & Johnson’s version, citing similar concerns.

In a number of countries with high rates of vaccine participation, the number of new virus cases has been increasing.

As of August 9, 2021, Iceland had recorded 8,793 virus cases.

As of November 3, 2021, Iceland had recorded 13,829 virus cases, according to Statista.

According to Our World in Data, Iceland has a vaccine participation rate of about 82%.

As of November 17, 2021, 6,509 virus cases had been recorded by Gibraltar

As of November 19, 2021, 6,721 virus cases had been recorded by Gibraltar.

According to Our World in Data, Gibraltar’s vaccine participation rate is about 121%, including partly vaccinated.

In countries with the highest rates of vaccine participation, the number of new virus cases has been increasing, causing doubt that the experimental mRNA vaccine is effective.

During the past several months, in cities like Paris, thousands of people have protested against vaccine mandates and a system that would discriminate on the basis of vaccine status.

Weeks ago thousands of people demonstrated in Milan, Italy against vaccine passports.

More recently, last week, in Leipzig, Germany thousands of people participated in a demonstration against vaccine mandates.

The National Health Service has been using the PCR test in a way that many false positives have been produced, according to a number of immunologists.

They say that when test samples are amplified more than 30 times, it is likely that false positives will result.

Reportedly the NHS has been amplifying test samples by a factor of 40.

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