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Anna Popova

Anna Popova

Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing – Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation
Quotes
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Challenges and Trends in the Healthy Eating: Quality, Safety and Affordability
In children, first of all, it is necessary to form taste preferences for proper nutrition. <...> We are a lost generation in terms of healthy lifestyle, we must catch up. <…> But our children today must receive such knowledge and sanitary education that will protect them in the future from the problems that we have. <…> The Russian Federation cares a lot about children, this is a social achievement of the country, which may be underestimated in society
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Challenges and Trends in the Healthy Eating: Quality, Safety and Affordability
Children who grow up in families with a wrong food culture, are certainly much more likely to be obese. This is something that we have to deal with. The task is not for it to decline, the task is for it not to grow. That is how big the problem is today. Because it further leads to endocrine pathologies, pathologies of the digestive tract
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Challenges and Trends in the Healthy Eating: Quality, Safety and Affordability
It is very important that people eat right. We have almost completed the Occupational Safety Doctrine. We produce everything. After 2014, our stores have full shelves, and basically all goods are produced domestically
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Sanitary Shield: Investing in Development
We have changed the world around us. <...> There are incredible levels of migration, incredible levels of air traffic enabling a virus to fly, as happened from Wuhan. There’s also the severe situation regarding climate change, and we need to factor all of these things in and keep them in mind. People have intervened in areas of nature previously untouched by humans, <...> when microorganisms lived their lives. And human involvement in this unfamiliar environment causes [diseases – ed.] to emerge. We need to learn how to live with the microcosm, but only in new conditions. <...> We must do everything so as to not hinder people or the economy, while at the same time protect the health and life of the population
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Sanitary Shield: Investing in Development
The idea of interacting with the information field is a first for the sanitary shield, and is very important. During the pandemic, we experienced this [format – ed.] for the first time. Back then, we were not aware what it was – a load on the human psyche. We are proud that the Russian Federation has the widest internet coverage, but we must learn to master this tool, or best of all, control it. That’s because we cannot allow a repeat of what happened – this is one of our objectives
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Sanitary Shield: Investing in Development
We’ve been talking about ‘the new normal’ since February 2020. It is a new term, and we have to learn how to live in this new world, marked by another level of interaction with the microcosm
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Sanitary Shield: Investing in Development
We have learned to test people very quickly and set up PCR centres at mobile labs. Our method and approach are unique, and allows us to work anywhere without light, and to do the analyses completely autonomously, solving any problem in the process. All these elements are individual parts of the sanitary shield. The development of these elements today and their introduction into day-to-day life are things which we spoke about in previous years. However, today these objectives have been met, and other objectives will be met too. We need to do this, and do it very quickly
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Sanitary Shield: Investing in Development
Any threat, and especially a microbiological one <...> can cause huge economic loss if it comes to pass. <...> In order to ensure there’s a vaccine in four months, we need to prepare, and we need vaccine platforms. Some [of which – ed.] we have, some we don’t. But the main thing is the preparedness to scale things up, the preparedness of industry, the preparedness of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. And this is also a part of the sanitary shield which is already benefitting from additional development. Today, the main thing for us is to learn all the lessons we can, and evaluate all the tools we now have at our disposal. This also means investment in epidemiological surveillance. Today, we have the skills and knowledge to assemble and disassemble a vaccine. <...> We have broken down all the barriers that existed between government bodies. We have increased the volume of material studied fivefold. <...> We have created a system which [brings a rapid result – ed.] to members of the public. And this is also a new tool – making a PCR test incredibly quick for both the patient, and the doctor. Today it takes just 60 minutes. <...> This is also a new tool which has enabled us to employ digital technology
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Sanitary Shield. How to Prevent New Pandemics
The information should be delivered differently even in different regions of Russia and the more so in different social and age groups. To communicate the information…, we need to polish up new forms of communication to make sure that this information is spread and received fast
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Sanitary Shield. How to Prevent New Pandemics
We must work together. We have been cooperating from the very beginning, me and my colleagues from the CIS countries, from near and far-abroad countries
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Sanitary Shield. How to Prevent New Pandemics
This is of course a new challenge which we are definitely assessing and have to assess after working with it a little more, I mean the infodemic. The situation which is developing and was developing from the beginning in a completely new information environment. Communication capability is enormous and trust in the information coming from an official or a scientist, or a neighbour turned out to be different
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Sanitary Shield. How to Prevent New Pandemics
Today, we are talking about building a sanitary shield, which does not mean that we are only building it around our border. Infections do not recognize borders, that is obvious
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Fighting Infections: Future Risks
As a preventative measure, I would want us to get better at distinguishing correct information from disinformation, and at trusting sources which should be trusted,
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
This is a pressing issue, clear and well-known. And the government is working on it. Tatyana Alekseevna [Golikova, she, Ed.] is seeing to it personally. I think that we will announce a decision on this matter in the near future
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
Recommendations are a dynamic thing, they can be changed. A very fruitful dialogue happens where businesses had unions or associations. We have changed these recommendations, adapting them to the new realities. <...> It is crucial to understand that we do not need to stop, we should accept the new normal and live on. Great nutritionists say that no diet should compromise the quality of life. So no limitations should compromise the quality of our life
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
Among small business employees, many have had the coronavirus, but few are vaccinated
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
Global GDP decreased by 4.5%, EU GDP – by 7.4%, in the UK and Spain – by 12%, in France – by 8.3%, and in the United States – by 3.5%. According to the OECD, the global economy shrank by 3.5% in 2020, and Russia will be one of the countries to recover very quickly. Russia lost about 3%, which indicates how life has changed: it has become more challenging
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
We know how to cope with this pandemic. There will not be another one like that. There will be a different one. We need to reinforce and develop this skill – to know how to cope – and learn all lessons, and we are doing it right now. Now, by order of the President, we are creating a sanitary shield for the country so that we are ready for various threats
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic?
The main slogan is an epidemic without a lockdown. […] We must ensure that the country, economy, and public relations all function, while preventing the spread of infection. This is not an easy task, but this is what we have made a top priority. People should be comfortable. […] Today we have a project for a health shield based on orders from the Russian president. He voiced this during his message to the Federal Assembly. We are actively working on this today
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic?
The losses are enormous. [...] Not a single country has remained free from the virus
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Threats to Biological Security in the Asia Pacific: New Risks and Opportunities
The risks of infectious pathologies and epidemies does not lose its significance in today's world. This is quite obvious. We are faced with new infections. <...> We are meeting more and more often with infectious diseases that have already believed to have been eradicated, such as measles, diphtheria, typhoid, which are growing in Europe, in addition to the diseases that have been forgotten
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Threats to Biological Security in the Asia Pacific: New Risks and Opportunities
We believe that we are effective in the Russian Federation, but we also have a function for environmental factors, and approximately the same position: for 1 rouble invested we give 9 roubles in savings in terms of preservation of public health in the Russian Federation
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Threats to Biological Security in the Asia Pacific: New Risks and Opportunities
According to various estimates, 390 million people get sick in the world every year. And it is estimated that 3.9 billion people live in the risk zone. <...> The World Health Organization publishes the results, according to which 3 out of 10 causes of premature death are infectious diseases. <...> According to the World Health Organization, more than 14 million people die each year from infections, which is about 40,000 every day
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Biosecurity: Current Projects and Opportunities for Cooperation
There is an effective executive order <…> of the Government of the Russian Federation on providing aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019–2020 to fight infectious disease threats. This year, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will get two mobile laboratories to apply our efforts in disease focus, and we start teaching specialists of the Democratic Republic of the Congo rules of epidemiological safety, response to epidemiological situations and working in the disease focus. This executive order also provides for supplying the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 50 thousand doses of measles vaccine, 10 thousand doses of cholera vaccine and 5 thousand doses of Ebola vaccine over this time
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Biosecurity: Current Projects and Opportunities for Cooperation
The principle that dominated in the 60–70s that infectious diseases are no longer a threat as we have antibiotics and vaccines now becomes debatable and absolutely irrelevant. Today, 40–50 years later, we see a totally different picture, and we need to be prepared for it. Every country must be prepared for a pandemic attack, which of course cannot be done within one country only, because today infections do not have borders
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Biosecurity: Current Projects and Opportunities for Cooperation
Russian Federation has a well-established and fully functioning system of infectious disease surveillance and prevention. <…> Today’s measles situation – pressing all over the world – calls for action. Based on the WHO requirements, we measure measles incidence per 1 million people.  That is to say, in 2018 Russia had 17 cases per 1 million people. In certain European countries it varied from 40 to 200. In such countries as Serbia and Romania it was even higher. Updated information reveals that this number in Ukraine exceeded 1,000. Georgia had over 700 incidents
24.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Biosecurity: Current Projects and Opportunities for Cooperation
It is evident that the number of natural disasters, changes and emergencies in Russia that has happened over the last years is leading to disruptions in the life of various communities. In this sense, measures developed in the Russian Federation that we take help avoid any epidemiological complications
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Environment in the Far East: Current Objectives and Long-Term Prospects
Experts state that as of now 12.5 million deaths annually are related to reversible environmental risks, including 4 million — a third — that fall on the Asia Pacific countries. It is a global problem, it is a problem for the whole world
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Life Course Immunization: Investing in the Future
Every time we face a tangible threat, we use the mechanism of clean-up vaccination. And in 50% of the cases it appears so that parents who refused to vaccinate their children for many years easily give their consent, but only when they face a real threat. It means we can work with thise people
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Life Course Immunization: Investing in the Future
When we started measles vaccination, we were dealing with children born from mothers with postinfection immunity, while now we are vaccinating children born from mothers with postvaccinal immunity. The schedule becomes more intense quantity-wise, but it should change quality-wise as well
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Life Course Immunization: Investing in the Future
In today’s situation it would be highly irresponsible to say we can live a healthy and safe life without immunity and protection. We cannot but agree with the concept of fighting the anti-vaccination lobby
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Life Course Immunization: Investing in the Future
This is a common problem; migration level is on the rise. Airlines alone carry 4 billion people. This is the world we live in, and this is the speed any respiratory infection spreads with
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Life Course Immunization: Investing in the Future
If we address the measles situation [in 2018, – Ed.], European countries had between 200 and 600 cases per 1 million people, while Russia had only 17. This year’s number are pretty much the same
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Defeating Trash: Russian Reform and International Practices
Everything that is done to defeat trash contributes to the healthcare
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Public Health: The Key to the Successful Opening up and Economic Development of the Arctic
We need a closer exchange of information in this region, both scientific and practical; we need a strategy for scientific search
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Public Health: The Key to the Successful Opening up and Economic Development of the Arctic
We must provide timely response to the threats that have not yet materialized, but are preventable with the level of knowledge and intelligence that we have
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Public Financial Literacy as the Basis for Financial Stability
We are after raising financial literacy. <…> We have created an enormous network of consulting centres. <…> We have a hotline, and over the last year we received over 70 thousand calls just about financial services. <…> The other part of our work is supervision. <…> The have the right of sample purchase for both products and services. Today, we have trials in 10 regions, where we test the methods, including the ones for banking
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Reform of Regulation and Oversight: New Directions
We must change the Code of Administrative Offenses, since the effectiveness of a violation supervisory measure calling for responsibility in the amount of RUB 2–3,000 effectively cancels out the supervisory authority's actions in regulation and oversight. In addition to business and the state, which regulate each other here, there are people for whom we work, and we cannot allow damage to their life and health though any actions of our own
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Reform of Regulation and Oversight: New Directions
For the previous stages, we switched to risk-oriented supervision together with the business community, which aided us in this. And this algorithm continues to function today. As an agency, we have a need for macroeconomic assessments in the country today to control everything that has been entrusted to us — it is not enough for us to control the risk of each enterprise separately. We need to understand how this influences the economic situation in the country on the whole, and how and from what predictions we should be taking our bearings
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Ecology as a Measure of Quality of Life
In today's documents there is no standardization for the separate export of [waste] <...> therefore we <...> have addressed the issue of giving our chief state health inspectors in the regions <...> the power to regulate this problematic issue. This will be decided on a regional level
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Ecology as a Measure of Quality of Life
The bill that is currently under way <...> according to the total assessment of the impact on the atmosphere, when each company must throw out so much that it is one MAC [maximum allowable concentration-Ed.] for one person, and not a MAC from each company
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Nature-Like Technologies: Responding to Major Challenges
Supranational control over technology is needed. It may and should be introduced in on one country, but this is not enough, because there are no borders. We need a prediction on what we are doing before releasing it to the environment
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Nature-Like Technologies: Responding to Major Challenges
In pursuit of research and scientific results we can create what will be a risk. Today risks arise not for specific people or groups of people, but for the entire human population