Russia has a dreadful vaccine hesitancy problem. The Russian COVID vaccine (Sputnik-V) was authorised in August 2020, and deployed in December. But nine months later, just 18% of Russians are estimated to be fully vaccinated.
The country’s official death toll is over 160,000 – but the real number may be three times as high.
The official statistics say 164,000 Russians have died from COVID-19 but, with excess deaths standing at 531,000 since the pandemic began, experts analyzing excess mortality data estimate the true death toll could be triple the official count.
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