As Russia launches its vaccine against coronavirus, thousands of people from high-risk groups including doctors, teachers, and healthcare workers have signed up for Sputnik V – the COVID-19 vaccination in Moscow, starting Saturday.
The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign. However, the vaccine is yet to complete advanced studies to ensure its effectiveness and safety following scientific protocols.
Moscow, which leads around a quarter of the total coronavirus cases throughout the country, has opened up 70 vaccination facilities on Saturday, and the number will increase in the upcoming days.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Wednesday that more than 100,000 people have already received the vaccine throughout the country.
The vaccine is free and is being offered to people aged between 18 to 60 who are not suffering from any chronic illnesses and are not pregnant or breastfeeding.