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.