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SPIEF 2021 to follow rigorous health and safety protocols

16 April 2021
ПМЭФ-2021 состоится с соблюдением всех мер эпидемиологической безопасности

A meeting was held in Moscow to discuss preparations for SPIEF 2021 in terms of compliance with all the necessary health and safety measures. The event was attended by Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).

«The organizing committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is working out all the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The venue will take into account the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor and the World Health Organization. Certainly, we will have to introduce a number of restrictions compared to previous years, but compliance with the new rules guarantees safety for each participant of the event. This is a top priority for us,» said Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

A special working group within the SPIEF Organizing Committee, led by the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova, is responsible for compliance and development of anti-epidemic measures.

«We work closely with our colleagues from the World Health Organization. Experts from different countries share their experience in combating the pandemic, and the best practices are scaled up globally. Russia is one of the leading countries in this regard, we were able to significantly limit the spread of the coronavirus and quickly bring the situation under control. The entire wealth of our experience will be used to develop the necessary set of measures and ensure safety of all SPIEF participants,» said the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova.

Protection measures include the installation of air recirculators, decontamination and thermal imaging monitoring devices, as well as the creation of digital collective immunity accounting systems. In order to comply with the safety measures, it is planned to expand the Forum venue access infrastructure and to continuously monitor attendee’s health.

Hans Kluge, Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, earlier confirmed he would personally participate in SPIEF. Together with Anna Popova he will hold a special briefing for Forum participants on pandemic control in Russia and around the world.