Russia’s Vladimir Putin orders mass vaccination against COVID-19 next week

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December 2, 2020 8:18 PM

Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results.

Russia, Russia vaccine, sputnik v, vladimir putin, corona vaccine, corona updates, covid vaccine, covid update, putin, Russia news, Russia latest, corona news, vaccinationRussia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said. (Reuters)

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to begin mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 589 new daily deaths from the coronavirus. Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said.

Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results. “Let’s agree on this – you will not report to me next week, but you will start mass vaccination…let’s get to work already,” Putin told Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova. Golikova said large-scale vaccination could begin on a voluntary basis in December.

The rise in infections has slowed since reaching a high on November 27, with 25,345 new cases reported on Wednesday. Russia has resisted imposing lockdowns during the second wave of the virus, preferring targeted regional curbs.

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