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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin says COVID-19 herd immunity stands in Russia at 59.4pc

ANI | Updated: Dec 23, 2021 15:32 IST


Moscow [Russia], December 23 (ANI/Sputnik): Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized vaccine skeptics on Thursday, saying that herd immunity to COVID-19 in the country was slightly under 60%, saying that it was "low" and that Russians needed at least an 80% herd immunity to be safe from the virus.

"The rate is low -- 59.4% as of yesterday evening... It's Russia's herd immunity, which includes those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated," he told the end-of-year press conference.
Some 70 million have been injected with the first dose of the two-shot vaccine and another 70 million have been fully immunized, the president estimated, citing the health ministry's figures.
"We need a herd immunity of some 80%. I hope we will get there by the end of the first quarter or in the second quarter," Putin told reporters. (ANI/Sputnik)

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