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Government to encourage COVID-19-free regions
The Russian government will encourage regions with a high level of vaccination and the provision of beds for patients with coronavirus. Such regions can apply for special grants for the development of the healthcare system.
According to IAA EastRussia in the press service of the government of the Russian Federation, the leaders will be determined by holding a competition. The amount of grants for each region will be set by the COVID-19 operational headquarters. Decree today signed by the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Mikhail Mishustin. For such support, the constituent entities of the Russian Federation are provided with about five billion rubles.
Applicants for the title of COVID-19-free territory must meet the criteria of Rospotrebnadzor, including the incidence rate of coronavirus, coverage of residents of the region with PCR testing, and the number of people vaccinated with the first component of the vaccine. The competition will take place in November.