Andrei Malyavin, the chief freelance pulmonologist of the Ministry of Health in the Central Federal District, Secretary General of the Russian Scientific Medical Society of Physicians, expressed the opinion that the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia could end in mid-2021. This was announced on Wednesday, March 3, by “Moscow 24”.
“I think that by the middle of the year we will practically forget about the pandemic,” Malyavin said on the air of the TV channel.
He also stressed that by this time the country will already have developed immunity to the virus. Also, according to the pulmonologist, the emergence of a fast-acting vaccine will not happen in the near future, since it takes a lot of time for such a purpose.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its weekly epidemiological bulletin, published on March 2, reported that the number of cases of coronavirus last week increased by 7% compared to seven days ago. So, over the past week, 2,658,823 cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the world, while a week earlier, doctors recorded 2,457,026.
On March 2, the head of the WHO European office, Hans Kluge, said that there were signs of a resumption of the increase in the incidence of coronavirus in Central and Eastern Europe.
On March 1, the director of the WHO emergency program Michael Ryan called premature information that the fight against coronavirus infection will end by the end of 2021.