Moscow tightens the clamp on millions of anti-Covid-19 vaccines in Russia – .

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Moscow tightens the clamp on millions of anti-Covid-19 vaccines in Russia – .


MOSCOW – Russia adopts increasingly coercive measures to convince Russians to get vaccinated, as authorities try to revive a vaccination campaign underway and rush to push back an increase in Covid-19 cases caused by the Delta variant, more infectious.
Local authorities in parts of Russia have made vaccination compulsory for service sector workers, which means millions of workers, from hairdressers to bank tellers, are threatened with unpaid leave if they are not vaccinated.
Restaurants and shops could be closed for months if they do not have 60% of staff vaccinated by mid-July. And since the end of June, only the vaccinated, those who have recovered in the past six months or who have tested negative can enter Moscow restaurants and cafes.
Russians can take one of the four local vaccines for free. The country offers none of the western clichés.
The surge sparked a reaction to widespread vaccine skepticism in Russia and led to a proliferation of fake online vaccination certificates, authorities said. It comes as Covid-19 cases have increased to over 20,000 per day; deaths have reached a record high. Over 90% of new cases involve the Delta variant. Authorities are also advising people vaccinated more than six months ago to get the vaccine.

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