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Coronavirus: Russia begins vaccinations in Moscow

Source : 112 Ukraine

Its own vaccine Sputnik V, which was registered in August, is being used
15:07, 5 December 2020

Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine
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Russia is launching its Covid-19 vaccination program. Moscow clinics are vaccinating those most at risk of infection. Its own vaccine Sputnik V, which was registered in August, is being used, bbc reports.

Thousands of people have already registered to get the first of two jabs over the weekend, but it is unclear how much Russia can manufacture.

Related: G20 leaders pledge to ensure fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

Producers are only expected to make two million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who announced the programme earlier in the week, said it was being offered to people in the city of 13 million who work in schools and the health service, and social workers.

Related: Belarus to start production of Sputnik-V vaccine already this year, - Healthcare Ministry

He said the list would grow as more of the vaccine became available.

An online registration service allows city residents in the above professions aged 18-60 to book free appointments at 70 sites around the city.

People who have received injections in the last 30 days or who have had respiratory diseases within the last two weeks will be excluded, as will those with certain chronic illnesses, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Each person will receive two injections, the second 21 days after the first.

Also, Ukraine is not going to purchase coronavirus vaccines that have not passed the third stage of clinical trials.

"I can say that we must use only those vaccines for our patients that are safe. Only those vaccines that have passed all stages of clinical trials should be considered safe. Including the third stage of clinical trials, which is the largest one and which provides vaccination of tens of thousands of people," Maksym Stepanov said.

Related: AstraZeneca to have 200 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine this year

 

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