Russia is expected to achieve herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus in July 2021, Russian Health Minister Alexei Murashko said Wednesday.
Murashko said that date was extrapolated from current vaccination and supply plans.
According to Murashko, although the epidemic is not over in Russia, the incidence of COVID-19 in the country has dropped significantly.
At present, the number of new cases in a single day has dropped to less than 11,000.
Earlier, the country’s deputy prime minister in charge of epidemic prevention, Vera Golikova, said Russia would reach herd immunity by the second half of 2021, with the current vaccination rate maintained.
According to Russian media reports, by the end of February this year, Russia has more than 4.2 million people infected with novel coronavirus, another 4 million people vaccinated, so nearly 9 million Russians have antibodies, this number accounts for 5.7%-6% of the total population.