Wed, 23 Jun 2021

President Vladimir Putin says that almost 21.5 million people in Russia have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and encouraged Russians push the number higher in a country of 146 million people.

'The situation over the virus in the country, according to specialists, is stable, ' Putin told reporters in Sochi on May 10, adding that the spread of the coronavirus across the nation had held steady for several days.

'That is why it is necessary to actively get tested and vaccinated. These are the most important ways to overcome the pandemic and its consequences,' Putin said.

The Kremlin said last month that Russia's relatively low rate of vaccination so far is linked to demand and it expects this to accelerate 'over time.'

As of May 10, the number of officially registered coronavirus vases in Russia was 4,888,727, including 113,647 deaths.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, Interfax, and TASS

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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