OREANDA-NEWS In the first quarter of this year, 37.2 million packages of COVID-19 medicine were sold in pharmacies in Russia, which is 31% less than in the same period last year, according to the operator of the Honest Sign labeling system - the Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies (CRPT).

"In the first quarter of 2023, 37.2 million packages of COVID-19 drugs were sold in Russian pharmacies. This is 31% lower than sales for the same period last year, when Russians bought 54.1 million packs of medicines," they said.
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In addition, analysts of "Honest Sign" have compiled a rating of the subjects of the Russian Federation on the popularity of such drugs - based on sales data from the labeling system and Rosstat information on the number of permanent residents. Thus, the Primorsky Territory was in the first place - 3321 packages for 10 thousand inhabitants, followed by the Magadan region, and the Tyumen region was in third place. The Orel Region and Perm Krai are being washed out of the top five. Also included in the top ten are Tuva, Kursk Region, Trans-Baikal Territory, Omsk and Voronezh regions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has canceled the COVID-19 global pandemic status announced in 2020, WHO Head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on May 5. Along with this, Rospotrebnadzor reported that it continues to monitor the situation and that all necessary measures are being taken, including timely detection of cases.