Russia's Putin orders mass vaccinations against COVID-19 next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AFP)

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to begin mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 589 new daily deaths from the coronavirus.

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Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said. Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92 percent effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results.

“Let's agree on this - you will not report to me next week, but you will 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 rise in infections has slowed since reaching a high on November 27, with 25,345 new cases reported on Wednesday. Russia has resisted imposing lockdowns during the second wave of the virus preferring targeted regional curbs.

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Last Update: Thursday, 03 December 2020 KSA 00:26 - GMT 21:26
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