RSPP asks government to put Covid-19 vaccination on immunization calendar, laments losses from lockdowns

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The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) has written to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin asking him to speed up the decision to include Covid-19 vaccination on the national immunization calendar, the RSPP said.

"The RSPP coronavirus response coordinating council discussed in detail Russian and international Covid-19 vaccination practices. The council thinks the most effective means of achieving the herd immunity target of at least 80% of Russia's population is to switch to mandatory vaccination and include Covid-19 vaccination on the National Calendar of Prophylactic Inoculations," RSPP President Alexander Shokhin said in the letter, published by the Union.

"The sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in October 2021 in almost every Russian region led to a forced decision to announce non-working days from October 30 to November 7, 2021. Some regions have extended this temporary period. Furthermore, Russian regions are forced to introduce restrictive measures for organizations and businesses, shopping centers, right up to the temporary closure of their operation and of public access to public places. All this is leading to substantial financial losses for business," the statement said.