“Support for small businesses and support for certain major sectors, including agriculture, the automotive industry, construction, etc., that employ hundreds of thousands and millions of people as part of co-production chains — all this was accomplished on time and yielded a positive effect,” Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Rossiya TV channel, presidential web page reports.
“Key macroeconomic indicators remain sufficiently stable. Despite predictions of major fluctuations, the current inflation rate is just 3.4%. According to experts, it will stay at 3.4–3.41%,” he stressed. “We have overcome all the main problems, and we will now start recovering gradually.”
Speaking of the COVID-19 pandemic, he noted that “quite a few people in Russia have fallen ill, but we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world. This is nothing but a manifestation of the national healthcare system’s readiness, our ability to mobilize and the timely nature of decisions to neutralize threats. It is clear now that herd immunity has already exceeded 25% in eight Russian regions. Research is ongoing, and our specialists have determined what should be done and how to act so that the disease takes the mildest possible course and ends without serious consequences.”
Russia was the first in the world to register vaccine.
“We did everything that was required to register the vaccine, but this vaccine will have to undergo further research. The vaccine went through pre-clinical and clinical trials, and was tested on animals as well as volunteers. Specialists are absolutely confident today that this vaccine creates lasting immunity and people get antibodies,” Vladimir Putin pointed out.