January 15th, local time, Popova, director of the Russian Federation’s Consumer Protection and Public Welfare Supervision Bureau, told the media that Russia will start mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus, and it is expected that 60% of Russian citizens will be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in 2021.
On the same day, she also revealed that Russian researchers have so far discovered nearly 1,500 self-mutations of the novel coronavirus. Over time, the novel coronavirus may cause seasonal infections like the flu virus. For the time being, no one can predict when the epidemic in Russia will completely end.
She said that Russian researchers will develop a new test agent in the next two to three weeks, which can distinguish ordinary COVID-19 from variant viruses.