At the end of the last two years (2020 and 2021), excess deaths from COVID-19 in the world amounted to approximately 14.9 million people. This was announced on Thursday, May 5, by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO explained that “excess mortality” is the difference between the number of deaths recorded in the world over the past two years and the number of deaths that “could be expected in the absence of a pandemic, based on data from past years.”
A day earlier, on May 4, WHO reported that the number of countries in the world in which new, more infectious subspecies of the Omicron coronavirus strain are being detected is increasing.
On April 23, Andrey Isaev, the founder and CEO of the DNAOM Research Center for Molecular Genetic Research, predicted an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in Russia after the May holidays.
On April 22, the head of the scientific group for the development of new diagnostic methods based on sequencing technologies of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Kamil Khafizov noted that the coronavirus would not disappear completely, new waves of incidence would periodically arise. A few days earlier, Khafizov said that no new strains of coronavirus have been identified in Russia, the dominant variant in the country is still Omicron.
The vaccination campaign continues in Russia. Citizens are vaccinated for free. Seven drugs against coronavirus have been registered in the country: the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Sputnik M, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N, CoviVac and Convasel.