Moscow’s 2021 budget includes COVID-19 vaccination funding

November 27, 2020

Next year, the city will allocate 10 billion roubles for free vaccinating local residents against the COVID-19 virus. Anyone can access vaccination and feel safe. Moscow will set aside 30 billion roubles for these purposes in the next three years.

“In 2020, Moscow, like the rest of the world, faced the coronavirus pandemic. The city took unprecedented action to check its spread. Moscow implemented epidemic-prevention measures, opened temporary hospitals, set up specialised beds and provided all patients with free medications. Muscovites are also tested for coronavirus antibodies. An all-out coronavirus vaccination campaign will be launched soon, and the city will allocate 10 billion roubles for this purpose. We are currently preparing to vaccinate civilians, and we are completing a chain of vaccination offices,” said Alexei Khripun, Head of Moscow’s Department of Healthcare.

The Moscow Government and the Russian Health Ministry’s Gamaleya National Research Centre continue post-registration COVID-19 vaccine tests at local outpatient clinics. Over 20,000 people have been vaccinated to date, and none of them have experienced any major post-vaccination complications.

Vaccination is the most effective and safest option for preventing infectious diseases. All-out vaccination programmes made it possible to cope with such terrible epidemics as smallpox, measles, tetanus and poliomyelitis. Moscow has managed to avoid flu epidemics in the past few years thanks to large-scale vaccination, and the number of cases has plunged 23-fold on 2011.

In 2021-2023, the city will spend 38 billion roubles on preventing infectious diseases, or 12.7 billion roubles annually.


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