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Putin Orders Mass Coronavirus Vaccinations in Russia from Next Week

File picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Image: AP)

Russia, which has the world’s fourth highest variety of COVID-19 circumstances, began large-scale vaccinations final month.

  • Reuters Moscow
  • Last Updated: January 13, 2021, 18:33 IST
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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered officers on Wednesday to start mass coronavirus inoculations subsequent week and to open up the vaccination programme to all Russians.

Russia, which has the world’s fourth highest variety of COVID-19 circumstances, began large-scale vaccinations final month.

The RDIF sovereign wealth fund has stated 1.5 million Russians have already been inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine.

“I ask you to start mass vaccinations of the entire population as early as next week,” Putin advised officers at a authorities assembly by video hyperlink that was broadcast on state tv.

Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova stated authorities could be able to broaden the programme from Monday.

Russia has imposed no broad lockdown throughout the second wave of infections that started in September and officers have stated that focused restrictions are sufficient to curb the virus.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia reported 22,850 new COVID-19 circumstances within the earlier 24 hours, pushing the nationwide tally to nearly 3.5 million for the reason that pandemic started.

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