The Russian Ministry of Health has fixed the maximum cost price of its coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V at $26.20 (1,942 rubles) for two doses, Alexei Kuznetsov, an aide to the health minister, told reporters on Saturday, Interfax reports.
"Russia’s Health Ministry has registered the maximum cost price of a producer for the vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus infection - Sputnik V, which was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. It is 1,942 rubles for two doses," Kuznetsov said.
"Vaccination of Russian citizens will be free of charge and absolutely voluntary," he noted.
Russia now is launching its Covid-19 vaccination program. Moscow clinics are vaccinating those most at risk of infection. Sputnik V vaccine, which was registered in August, is being used.
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.
Producers are only expected to make two million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.