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80% of Russian diplomats abroad have been vaccinated

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About 80% of employees of Russian diplomatic missions abroad have been vaccinated

Russian diplomatic missions in 82 countries received the Sputnik V vaccine, which made it possible to vaccinate about 80% of their employees. This was announced by Alina Kosachenko, Head of the Department of Medical and Recreational Support of the Administration (Department) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the occasion of the Medical Worker's Day celebrated on Sunday.

“Since March, our foreign missions in 82 countries have received the vaccine "Sputnik V". Later we started delivering Epivaccorona as well. By choice, as our diplomats requested. And about 80% of our employees have already been vaccinated,” she said.

Alina Kosachenko emphasized that the vaccine was delivered to Russian diplomatic missions, including on board Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrovand during his working trips. “We were looking for every opportunity for the minister to deliver our vaccine on a special plane when he went on business trips. Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, Sergey Lavrov. We were looking for all the possibilities: by diplomatic mail, by all means and roads. By all legal means to ensure that our people receive vaccines on time,” she added.

According to her, there were cases of coronavirus infection among employees of Russian missions abroad, but mostly the disease proceeded in a mild form. “There were severe forms that were hospitalized in local clinics. There were cases of evacuation, - said Alina Kosachenko. — The embassies had the opportunity to get vaccinated with Sputnik V at an early stage.

Colossal challenge

Alina Kosachenko noted that the doctors who left to provide assistance to the embassies of the Russian Federation in different countries faced a colossal challenge there, but adequately responded to it. “This is a challenge for all doctors, and embassy doctors are no exception,” she continued. - This assistance, which is provided abroad, is very different, at different levels. Doctors who have worked here in the country for a long time have left - experienced doctors - for various medical and medical institutions. They encounter this work there.”

According to a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, one of the most difficult moments in working abroad was in Japan, when there was an outbreak of the disease on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, on board of which there were also Russians . “Together with our diplomats, we kept this whole situation under control, and our doctor kept it all under control, each of our compatriots, understanding that there may be chronically ill people, medicines may run out, it is necessary to somehow correct the treatment that they receive in their usual life is accepted in such a situation,” she added.

Russian doctors “stood tough” even in those countries where there was a difficult military-political situation, Alina Kosachenko noted. “And our task was also to prevent panic, so that they understood that we were here. There are no medicines - we will send, we will find ways and roads. There are no means of protection - we will send, we will find ways and roads," she said.

Organization of vaccination

Alina Kosachenko drew attention to the fact that as soon as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a nationwide, public vaccination, Russian diplomatic missions abroad immediately began vaccinating employees, although this process was difficult during the lockdown. “Our diplomats dealt with the legal grounds to ensure that there were no objections, speculations around the topic of how Sputnik V ended up in any country. Successfully dealt with it. There were practically no refusals to deliver the vaccine to foreign institutions. With rare exceptions,” the representative of the diplomatic department emphasized.

According to her, all the doctors who worked abroad later stated that Russia had the best healthcare system in the world, and the pandemic proved this. “We can’t even imagine how you can not call on the phone when you feel bad and say about it – whether it’s our outpatient clinic, whether it’s our ambulance, which counts every second,” said Alina Kosachenko. - And they do not even understand where, as in highly developed countries. You can sit in the emergency room for three, four, six hours with a fracture. And this is for money, for a fee. And do not know when you will receive this help.

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