In Moscow, vaccination of residents with the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus may begin in November, the MTI reports. According to the telegraph office, Moscow Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova told Rosiaya 24 television.
Anastasia Rakova explained that in parallel with the production of the vaccine, the construction of a network of clinics specializing in vaccination against Covid-19 has started in the Russian capital.
He added, however, that the mass vaccination is yet to be launched
and, for the time being, it also depends on the speed at which they are produced, when they can begin mass vaccinations.
According to the deputy mayor, 20 thousand of the 40,000 volunteers involved in the mass testing of the two-component Sputnik V had already been given the first ingredient and 10,000 of them the second. About 2.5 thousand of the doctors and educators at risk have been vaccinated so far. According to the deputy mayor, everyone who received the vaccine is fine, no side effects have occurred.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin had previously promised to launch a mass vaccination by the end of November and the beginning of December. Vladimir Putin last also estimated the date for this by the end of the year.
In Russia, about 18,283 new infections were diagnosed on Friday, bringing the total to 1.6 million Russians (more than in the United States, India and Brazil so far).
(Cover image: A healthcare worker in Russia will be vaccinated against Covid-19 on October 12, 2020. Photo: Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters)