Over 36 million covid-19 vaccine kits have been released into civilian circulation in Russia
2021-06-30 10:10

Over 36 million covid-19 vaccine kits have been released into civilian circulation in Russia

About 36.7 million sets of various Russian vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sputnik Lite, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac have been released into civilian circulation in Russia, with over 23 million people already vaccinated with the first component in the country, said the country's Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.

"We continue to increase production volumes. We plan to produce a total of about 30 million sets of vaccine doses in July. We also closely monitor vaccination rates and vaccine stocks in the regions together with the Ministry of Health. To date, it is about 8 million kits", - the minister said at a meeting of the presidium of the coordinating council under the government to fight the spread of covivirus infection, noting that covid-19 vaccines are produced at 12 sites.

The head of the department noted that despite the increased demand, there is no risk of interruptions in the supply of anticovid drugs.

"Stocks of manufacturers and distributors allow to cover the current demand, as well as to respond quickly to additional requests coming from the regions. Pharmaceutical companies are fully supplied with the necessary raw materials and, if necessary, are ready to quickly increase production volumes. In June, the average weekly production of anticovalent nomenclature amounted to approximately 470 thousand standard units. This rate is now sufficient to supply both the hospital segment and pharmacy chains with the required volume of drugs," he stressed.

Also personal protective equipment (PPE) is produced in sufficient quantity. According to him, the hospital and outpatient segment in the regions are fully provided with PPE on average for two to three months.

"As for medical oxygen, today 137 enterprises in 64 regions produce in total about 2 thousand tons per day. There are reserves to increase the production by at least another 400 tons of oxygen. Basically, the oxygen is supplied to the hospital segment in liquid form. The rest is supplied in cylinders in gaseous form. It's about 30 thousand cylinders per day today," Manturov stressed.

He added that the need of the regions for oxygen is constantly monitored, and if necessary, the supplies are coordinated manually.

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Author: Karina Kamalova