Coronavirus: Vladimir Putin Orders Mass Vaccination From Next Week In Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered for mass vaccination to commence in Russia next week. Read on to find out.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered for mass vaccination to start in Russia next week. This news comes right after the United Kingdom (UK) approved the Pfizer vaccine for widespread usage. Putin also stated that Russia will be producing at least 2 million doses of the vaccine in the next few days and that the medics and teachers will be the first ones to receive the vaccine.
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Mass vaccination in Russia was expected to begin sometime in early 2021. The country has already been rushing to keep pace with other contenders who are producing the Covid-19 vaccine as well. The Russian vaccine Sputnik-v has become the first vaccine in the world to be registered. Its makers have stated that the vaccine is about 95% effective in preventing the infection spread from the coronavirus. Reportedly, a month back Russia said that it started mass production of the Sputnik-v vaccine.
Russia has reportedly recorded about 2.3 million Covid-19 cases, making it the 4th highest country in terms of Coronavirus cases. It comes behind the United States of America, India, and Brazil. As for India, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, recently revealed that close to 30 crore people could be vaccinated by August 2021. He also mentioned that measures are being taken in such a way that the vaccines will be made available in the first few months of next year.
“Once the next year starts, the first 3-4 months are a crucial time. The chances are that we will be able to make the COVID vaccine available in these few months. We are planning a scheme where, by July-August, around 25-30 crore people will be provided with the COVID vaccine. We have been making plans to execute this schedule with maximum effect” he said.
In the most recent developments, the total number of COVID 19 cases in India has tallied to around 94.31 lakh with more than 88 lakh recoveries. Last week, close to 38 thousand infections were reported from different parts of the country.