President Putin Orders Mass COVID Vaccination in Russia From Next Week

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has said that over 100,000 people had already been vaccinated against Covid-19, as Moscow presented its Sputnik V vaccine to the United Nations over video link.

President Putin Orders Mass COVID Vaccination in Russia From Next Week
President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Putin on Wednesday ordered authorities to start mass vaccinations with the Sputnik V vaccine against the novel coronavirus from next week because the country recorded 589 new daily deaths from Covid-19."Let's agree on this - you'll not report back to me next week, but you'll start mass vaccination  let's get to figure already," Putin reportedly told Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova.

Golikova said large-scale vaccination could begin on a voluntary basis in December, reports press agency Reuters.Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has said that over 100,000 people had already been vaccinated against Covid-19, as Moscow presented its Sputnik V vaccine to the United Nations over video link.

Putin reportedly told health officials to start out widespread vaccinations next week, adding that Russia has produced on the brink of 2 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine.The Russian President also said, "I would ask you to organise the work in order that by the top of next week we'll have started this large-scale vaccination." Putin noted that teachers and medics are going to be the primary to receive the jab.

Putin's statement comes hours after the uk approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be used and said that it'll be unrolled from early next week.Earlier, Russia had announced that the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has 95% efficacy. President Putin had ordered authorities to start mass voluntary vaccinations next week.Sputnik V -- named after the Soviet-era satellite -- is in its third and end of clinical trials involving some 40,000 volunteers.