Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Health to conduct an inventory of coronavirus vaccines to obtain up-to-date data on the stock, predict the need for the vaccine and form a reserve. This is reported on the official website of the Russian government.
The order is due to delays in the delivery of vaccines to the Russian regions against the background of increased demand. Such situations must be excluded in the future. The two ministries mentioned above will report on the work done to the federal government by July 21.
As Mishustin noted at the meeting of the coordinating council, the epidemiological situation in the country is still challenging. The Prime Minister recommended that the heads of the regions continue to form a sufficient reserve of beds, personal protective equipment and medicines for COVID-19 patients. Also, the governors were recommended to monitor compliance with the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor by the population and organizations.
It is necessary to continue testing citizens, promptly receiving the results of research. However, some commercial laboratories do not transmit the full amount of the data on the tests performed to the state information systems. Therefore, Rospotrebnadzor has incomplete epidemiological data. To solve this problem, it will be necessary to amend the government decree on temporary rules for recording information in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media will consider the possibility of issuing such a draft resolution by July 20.
In addition, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation gave instructions related to the prevention of influenza. The procurement of influenza vaccines is already being planned, and the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and Rospotrebnadzor will submit proposals to the government by July 19 stating the amount of budget funds required for that.