Hon. Mr. Anton Morozov is a Member of Parliament at the State Duma and a Member of the High Council of the LDPR (RUSSIA). Morozov delivered a keynote address on “Ongoing communication and engagement strategies in combating the Pandemic”. On behalf of the State Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament), he used the opportunity to bring you greetings from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and Russian people. our people he acknowledged that humankind had never faced so many global challenges as it does today. In addition to regular ones, the COVID-19 pandemic has already become a real global health and economic crisis.
Russia was affected by COVID-19 as many other countries and became a part of the ongoing pandemic of this disease. There are many speculations about origin of that disease; some sources insist that this virus is a part of some kind of bioweapon. However, all scientific analyses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise artificially engineered.
It was confirmed, that the virus came to Russia on January 31, 2020 with two Chinese citizens visiting Tyumen (Siberia) and Chita (Russian Far East). Both Chinese were tested positive for the virus. As the first step to prevent virus spreading, the extensive testing had started and the border with China was closed. Read more…
From February 2020, passengers arriving to Moscow by air from COVID-19 most affected countries such as China, Iran, and South Korea were met by a number of medical workers in protective gear in charge for passengers’ screening. People who came from Europe—before those flights were cancelled—had their temperatures taken and were sent home for a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine.
Over 38 million coronavirus tests have been done already and the members of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and its MPs are among the most active participants of this campaign. For example, all Party headquarters have such tests twice a month; Party Moscow HQ was tested yesterday last time.
The Government of Russia has initially responded to the pandemic with preventive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease, which involved imposing quarantines, carrying raids on potential virus carriers, and using facial recognition to impose quarantine measures. Other measures to prevent a crisis in Russia include banning the export of medical masks, random checks on the Moscow transport system, including Moscow subway, cancellation of large-scale public events.
The Russian effective strategy to fight the pandemic included the following: strengthening the country health care system, expansion of intensive care capacities and measures to slow down the infection. A great number of hospitals all over the country got the so-called “red zone” wards to treat COVID-19 patients. On the very short notice, Russian Army has established 18 field emergency hospitals to cover remote and the most affected areas.
Only mass vaccination could stop any pandemic, therefore the main Russia research institutes started to work on a vaccine from the very beginning. Clinical trials of corona virus vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute were officially completed on August 1, 2020 followed by six other research institutes.
The Russian public fully support the UN position that the COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis; it is an economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. Coming out of this crisis will require a whole-of-society, whole-of-government and whole-of-the-world approach driven by compassion and solidarity.
On September 11, 2020 the UN General Assembly’s adopted the resolution for a “comprehensive and coordinated response” to the COVID-19 pandemic which became an important contribution to enhancing global solidarity and give more possibility for the international cooperation.
Finally, no country in the world will be able to tackle COVID-19 on its own. The main strategy should be to act collectively so that nobody could be left behind.