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Moscow announces car lottery in bid to boost vaccinations

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Sobyanin, left, is Putin’s former chief of employees. Picture: AFP

Residents of Moscow who get their first coronavirus jab, in accordance to mayor Sergei Sobyanin, will turn into contributors in a car lottery routinely. 

 The transfer comes as authorities search to pace up Russia´s vaccination drive that has stagnated whereas new infections in Moscow and throughout the nation are on the rise.

“From June 14 till July 11, 2021, residents who get their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine will turn into contributors in a car lottery,” Sobyanin introduced on his web site.

Each week 5 vehicles will likely be raffled out, every value round 1 million rubles ($13,900).

“However in fact the primary achieve for many who get vaccinated can’t be in contrast to any car — it’s their very own well being and peace of thoughts,” Sobyanin stated.

The mayor — who was vaccinated with Russia´s Sputnik V in Could final yr — added that two days in the past he bought a booster jab and “feels properly”.

Sobyanin sounded the alarm over the spike in circumstances earlier this week and introduced the reopening of area hospitals and launched a “non-working” week till June 20.

All non-essential staff will likely be out of workplace however will retain their wage. Nonetheless, they haven’t been ordered to keep at dwelling.

The mayor additionally reintroduced a curfew for bars and eating places that bans them from serving clients between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.

A authorities tally reported 7,704 new virus circumstances in Moscow on Sunday, a six-month excessive.

Regardless of introducing a strict lockdown after the pandemic swept throughout Russia final spring, authorities lifted most restrictions by mid-summer in an effort to defend the struggling economic system.

Russia began its mass vaccination marketing campaign in December, with the homegrown vaccine Sputnik V — touted by Russian President Vladimir Putin as the perfect in the world — that’s free and extensively out there in Moscow.

Because the registration of Sputnik V in August, Russia has authorised three extra vaccines for public use — EpiVacCorona, CoviVac and the one-dose Sputnik Mild.

Overseas-made vaccines should not out there in Russia.

To date, 18 million folks or 12 p.c of the inhabitants has acquired no less than one dose of a vaccine with polls displaying {that a} majority of Russians don’t plan to get immunised.

The Kremlin stated Putin was vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus in non-public however didn’t reveal which jab he used.

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