Russia Breaks Coronavirus Records for Cases, Deaths; Russians Turning Against Sputnik V Vaccine

The photo shows a Russian SGA partner visiting a family. (Photo courtesy of the Slavic Gospel Association)

Russia has seen record COVID-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks, reaching nearly 1,000 deaths per day.

Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association recently traveled to Russia. “The infection rate and the death rate in Russia is, as I understand it, the highest for Europe, and it is currently very high in regards to the whole world. Part of the reason is a low vaccination rate. The government references it as being between 30 and 35 percent. But some of the locals think it’s a little less.”

Russia created its own vaccine, named Sputnik V. The vaccine has been used widely in Russia and in over 70 other countries as well. The World Health Organization, however, has not yet approved it officially.

Many Russians seem no more eager to use Sputnik V than more effective Western versions. Some Russians even believe the vaccine will give them defects or drastically shorten their lifespans, despite mounting evidence that the vaccine is safe to use.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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