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Coronavirus: Vladimir Putin introduces Russia's Sputnik V stab in a large-scale Covid vaccination


Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to start mass vaccination against the coronavirus from next week. Seafarers, doctors and teachers are among the first to get their hands on it.

Sputnik V was touted in Russia as the world's first registered Covid-19 vaccine after receiving regulatory approval in early August. However, the government's decision was heavily criticized by experts, as it had only been tested on several dozen people at the time.

The Russian military announced last week that 2,500 soldiers had been vaccinated with additional seafarers by the end of the year Severomorsk photographed photographing the vaccine.

Putin gave the order during an online meeting with ministers on Wednesday when Russia, which has the fourth highest number of registered infections in the world, recorded 589 new daily Covid-19 deaths. The Russian head of state said his government will have manufactured two million doses of vaccine in the next few days.

Sputnik V, one of two vaccines made in Russia that has received national approval despite incomplete clinical studies, requires two injections. A third vaccine is also in the works.

The vaccine's developers said interim analysis of the trial data found it to be 91.4 percent effective. The conclusion was based on 39 infections among 18,794 study participants who received both doses of the vaccine or placebo. This is a much lower number of infections than Western drug manufacturers when assessing the effectiveness of their vaccines.

The study is ongoing, but the vaccine is already being given to people in risk groups – such as: B. Medical professionals – although experts have warned against wider use before all required tests are completed. Several high profile officials have said they've already taken it too.

Putin's statement came just hours after the UK became the first country in the West to approve the use of a coronavirus vaccine from US drug maker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech.

A Russian sailor gets a shot of a Russian COVID-19 vaccine in Severomorsk, Russia. The Russian Navy started vaccinating crews against the coronavirus this week before going on a mission

A soldier in the Russian Northern Fleet receives the vaccine during COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Admiral Kasatonov frigate in Severomorsk city when Vladimir Putin ordered mass vaccination against the coronavirus across Russia

A soldier in the Russian Northern Fleet receives the vaccine during COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Admiral Kasatonov frigate in Severomorsk city when Vladimir Putin ordered mass vaccination against the coronavirus across Russia

The body temperature of the Russian Northern Fleet soldier is measured before the COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Admiral Frigate Kasatonov in the city of Severomorsk

The body temperature of the Russian Northern Fleet soldier is measured before the COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Admiral Frigate Kasatonov in the city of Severomorsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in the opening of the Russian Defense Ministry's multipurpose medical centers via video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in the opening of the Russian Defense Ministry's multipurpose medical centers via video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

He told government officials: "This gives us the opportunity to start mass vaccination, but of course with large-scale vaccination, as we agreed, first with the two risk groups – doctors and teachers" and the appointed Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova " organize the work so that the large-scale vaccination begins at the end of next week ".

"Let's agree – you won't contact me next week, but you will start large-scale vaccinations … Let's get to work," Putin said to Golikova. “I understand that you are using very cautious language and it is absolutely right that we should be cautious. But I know that the industry and the (health) network in general are ready. & # 39;

The Sputnik V two-shot vaccine was developed by the Moscow Gamaleya Institute. An advanced study among 40,000 volunteers was announced two weeks after the vaccine received government approval.

In a separate presentation to the United Nations about Sputnik V, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Russia has already vaccinated more than 100,000 high-risk people. According to the presentation, more than 45,000 people are currently participating in Sputnik V studies worldwide.

Kirill Dmitriyev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which funded the development of the sting, added that around 25,000 of them have been vaccinated "now as part of a clinical trial."

Dmitriyev said that outside of the trial, the vaccine was offered to "volunteers" among medical professionals, "because we wanted to protect our front line personnel first." He added that developers of the vaccine have already applied to the European Medicines Agency for approval of the vaccine both in Europe and in other countries.

Medical workers conduct a COVID-19 vaccination of soldiers of the Russian Northern Fleet on board the Admiral Kasatonov frigate in the city of Severomorsk

Medical workers conduct a COVID-19 vaccination of soldiers of the Russian Northern Fleet on board the Admiral Kasatonov frigate in the city of Severomorsk

The Russian vaccine Gam-COVID-Vak (Sputnik V) for the inoculation of the Russian soldiers of the Northern Fleet on board the frigate Admiral Kasatonov in the city of Severomorsk

The Russian vaccine Gam-COVID-Vak (Sputnik V) for the inoculation of the Russian soldiers of the Northern Fleet on board the frigate Admiral Kasatonov in the city of Severomorsk

A soldier of the Russian Northern Fleet receives the vaccine during the COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Admiral Kasatonov frigate in the city of Severomorsk. Vladimir Putin announced the start of a COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in Russia

A soldier of the Russian Northern Fleet receives the vaccine during the COVID-19 vaccination aboard the Admiral Kasatonov frigate in the city of Severomorsk. Vladimir Putin announced the start of a COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in Russia

The Russian vaccine Gam-COVID-Vak (Sputnik V) for the inoculation of the Russian soldiers of the Northern Fleet on board the frigate Admiral Kasatonov in the city of Severomorsk

The Russian vaccine Gam-COVID-Vak (Sputnik V) for the inoculation of the Russian soldiers of the Northern Fleet on board the frigate Admiral Kasatonov in the city of Severomorsk

"We understand it may take some time, but we have applied for approval in 40 different countries at the same time and are working very closely with regulators in all of those countries," he said.

Dmitriyev said earlier this month that a billion doses of the vaccine are expected to be manufactured outside of Russia next year. However, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said vaccinating Russians "will be the top priority".

Russia was hit by a rapid resurgence from the outbreak this fall, with the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections and deaths regularly reaching new highs, well above those reported in the spring.

Russia recorded a record 589 deaths from new coronaviruses on Wednesday. The previous record of 569 deaths was recorded on Tuesday. The government task force has recorded a total of 41,053 deaths from viruses since the outbreak began.

Authorities in St. Petersburg, which reported 3,684 new infections on Wednesday, ordered bars and restaurants to close from December 30 to January 3 to counter the rise in cases there, the RIA reported.

Museums, theaters and concert halls would be closed to the public for the duration of the Russian New Year holidays from December 30th to January 10th in the city of more than 5 million people. In Moscow, a distance learning phase for secondary school students has been extended beyond December 6 to the end of the year.

With 2,347,401 infections, Russia has only fewer Covid-19 cases than the US, India and Brazil. Since the pandemic began, there have been 41,053 deaths related to Covid-19.

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