Russia Gives Free Cars To People Who Get Vaccinated

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Moscow's mayor is resorting to desperate measures to get people vaccinated.

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President Biden was hoping to get at least 70 percent of Americans vaccinated by the fourth of July, but many people are still reluctant. It's the same story over in Moscow, Russia, as only around 1.3 million out of 12 million people in the capital city have been jabbed.


According to Reuters, coronavirus cases in Moscow surged with 7,704 new infections recorded last Sunday - the highest level in a single day this year, forcing the government, to impose work-from-home restrictions.

To speed up vaccination rates, Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced that anyone over the age of 18 who receives their first Covid vaccine from June 14 until July 11 will be entered in a raffle to win a car. Every week, five cars worth 1 million rubles ($13,900) each will be given away. That's a more generous incentive than the free beers and Krispy Kreme donuts being offered in America to encourage people to get their first vaccine.


It isn't known which car will be given away in the raffle, but it will surely be a Lada, Russia's best-selling car manufacturer. Last year, the best-selling car in Russia was the Lada Granta with 126,112 units, so this seems like a likely candidate. The affordable Kia Rio has also become one of the country's most popular - it was the third best-selling car in Russia last year and even overtook Lada as Russia's best-selling car back in 2015. Lada also recently launched the rugged Niva Travel, but the Granta has more mass-market appeal, making it more suitable for the raffle. Udachi!

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