Russia Sees Rise in COVID Cases After Reaching ‘Above World Average’ Vax Rate

COVID hospitalizations up in 42 regions. COVID deaths up from prior day.

  • Russia recorded 6,785 daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, signifying a new high since Oct 30, according to The Russian News Agency (TASS).
  • As many as 1,311 people were hospitalized on the same day. And even though the number of hospitalized patients decreased in 33 regions from the day before and remained unchanged in ten regions, it increased in 42 others.
  • “Moscow’s COVID-19 cases surged by 1,390 over the past day versus 1,405 cases a day earlier, reaching 3,258,203, according to the anti-coronavirus crisis center,” TASS reported. “St. Petersburg’s COVID-19 cases increased by 626 over the past day versus 598 a day earlier, reaching 1,799,556.”
  • The news agency also noted Russia’s COVID death toll rose by 58 over the past day, reaching 392,060.
  • The rise in COVID cases comes as Russia reaches an “above world average” vaccination rate among its citizens, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.
  • 54.7% of Russians are “fully” vaccinated and 60.7% have received at least one jab, Google data show.
  • Rising COVID infections amid rising vaccination rates calls into question the efficacy of the vaccine.
  • American Faith reported last week that coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States were up from two weeks earlier.
  • During Thanksgiving week, about 28,000 people with COVID were hospitalized on that Tuesday and about 340 died, while there were 36,036 new infections that Thursday. 967 died that Wednesday.
  • The rise in COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in the country come despite 68.7% of the population being “fully” vaccinated and 80.6% receiving at least one dose, according to Google data.
  • Like Russia, the U.S. has a vaccination rate considered to be “above [the] world average” by Johns Hopkins.
  • Bill Clinton (76) announced Wednesday he tested positive for coronavirus, even though he’s received COVID vaccinations and booster shots. Despite having caught COVID, Clinton said he’s “grateful to be vaccinated and boosted” and went on to “urge everyone to do the same.”
  • Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that vaccinated and boosted people made up the majority (58.6%) of COVID deaths in August. “We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said vice-president of the Kaiser Family Foundation Cynthia Cox in late November.