President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to start mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 589 new day by day deaths from the coronavirus.
Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses inside the following couple of days, Putin said. Russia said final month that its Sputnik V jab was once 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results.
“Let’s agree on this – you are going to not outline to me next week, but you are going to 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 upward thrust in infections has slowed since reaching a high on Nov. 27, with 25,345 new cases reported on Wednesday. Russia has resisted imposing lockdowns all over the second one wave of the virus, preferring targeted regional curbs.
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