10 Feb 2020 19:48

China has still not provided live coronavirus strain to Russia - Rospotrebnadzor

MOSCOW. Feb 10 (Interfax) - Russia still does not have a live strain of coronavirus, head of the Russian Federal Service for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) Anna Popova said, adding that she hopes it will be provided soon.

"An agreement [with China] on the provision of the strain has not yet been achieved," Popova said at a briefing on Monday.

Russia "needs a variation of the virus," she said.

"I believe this issue will be resolved soon. We're using all the means at our disposal," Popova said.

One of the most important results of Russian experts' visit to China is China's assessment of the Russian test system, she said. "It's an important result of our cooperation; I believe this cooperation will continue, as agreed by colleagues," Popova said.

Russian experts also discussed coronavirus treatment in China, she said.

"There is no specific drug to treat coronavirus; China doesn't have one, either," Popova said.