Russia counts cost of missteps, vaccine refusals as COVID tide keeps rising

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By Polina Nikolskaya and Maxim Shemetov ORYOL, Russia (Reuters) – Ambulance attendant Roman Stebakov has come face-to-face with COVID-19 many times – but he’d rather take his chances with the disease than get himself injected with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. “I won’t get vaccinated until, I don’t know, they break me and vaccinate me by force. I don’t see the point in it, there are no guarantees it’s safe,” says the paramedic from Oryol, 300 km (185 miles) south of Moscow. Outside one of the city’s hospitals, a young woman, Alina, is clutching a bunch of papers certifying her grandmother’s deat…

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