Covid-19: Several Russian Clinics Go Empty As Vaccination Begins

Covid-19 vaccines have started rolling out in several countries. However, the Russians do not seem to be very sure of the vaccine produced in their country.

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December 19, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. But the news of various vaccinations being trailed and tested has offered to a silver lining to the dark clouds. Russia is one of the earliest countries to come up with a vaccine for COVID-19. Russian vaccine Sputnik V has started rolling out. Many were expecting the citizens to line up for the shot. However, the empty clinics of Moscow told a different story. Watch the video below!

There are reports of many clinics being empty as people are not turning up to get themselves vaccinated. Russian citizens appear to be skeptical of the vaccine made in their own country. The nurses and teachers have been given the first preference for the COVID-19 vaccine. There are reports of people not trusting the safety of the vaccine as several clinics where the vaccine is injected in Moscow are found to be empty. 

Meanwhile, as an important step to curb spread of misinformation, Twitter and other media platforms like Facebook and YouTube have announced that they have started blocking sources which are spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccination. 

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European Union has announced that the vaccination process will be commenced between December 27 to December 29. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, made this announcement through a tweet. The Medical Agency of the European Union has called in a meeting on December 21, 2020, for the approval of Pfizer vaccine. 

British officials have announced that over 1,30,000 people have vaccinated already. The vaccination process has commenced last week in Britain. Over 19 lakh COVID-19 cases have been registered in Britain. On the other hand, two health workers fell ill after being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in Alaska, USA. Within 10 minutes of the injection, the first health worker complained of shortness of breath while the second health worker complained of dizziness and puffiness in eyes.

The French President has tested positive for COVID-19. He has quarantined himself for seven days and will go on operating his work while being isolated. Over 24 lakh coronavirus cases have been registered in France so far. 

Argentina is set to receive six lakh doses of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine on December 23, 2020. There is a steady rise seen in the number of COVID-19 cases in Argentina. There have been over 15 lakh cases registered and the death toll has risen to 41,000. 

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India is not far behind in the vaccine roll-out process either. The Health Ministry and the chief of NITI Aayog are in talks with the Election Commission Of India on how will the vaccination be rolled out across the nation. As per the issues guidelines, people in the age bracket of 50 years and more will be given the first preference for the injection of the vaccination. The last election slip will be used to identify people to be belonging to the said age group. 

 Meanwhille, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij who tested positive for COVID-19 is being treated in Medanta Hospital and his health is reportedly stable. He has been shifted from Rohtak to Gurugram for treatment. 

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