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Russians Reject Vaccines as Kremlin Fears New Covid-19 Wave

  • Public mistrust, less worry over virus hamper vaccine roll-out
  • Government says vaccine use is up, rejects new restrictions
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Facing a rising wave of Covid-19 infections and a vaccination rate that isn’t keeping up, the Kremlin is trying to contain the epidemic without alarming Russians. Even insiders worry it won’t succeed.

Unofficial government statistics show the third wave has begun, according to two officials with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified in order to speak candidly. Months of upbeat assessments from the Kremlin that the situation is under control have depressed demand for vaccines, as much of the population no longer fears the virus, the officials said.