Moscow : President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to start massive voluntary immunizations against COVID-19 next week, with 589 new deaths per day from the coronavirus.
Putin said Russia will produce 2 million vaccines in the next few days. Russia said that Sputnik V-Zap was 92% effective in protecting people from COVID-19, according to interim results last month.
Putin said to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, “Let’s agree. I won’t report to me next week, but I’ll start mass immunization. Let’s start working already.”
Golikova said large-scale vaccinations could start voluntarily in December.
The increase in infections has slowed since peaking on November 27th, with 25,345 new cases reported on Wednesday. Russia preferred target area curbs, resisting forcing containment during the second wave of the virus.
Russia, with 2,347,401 people infected, has the 4th largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world after the United States, India and Brazil. 41,053 people related to COVID-19 have died since the epidemic began.
The Kremlin was previously vaccinated by Russians, and Moscow also discussed supply contracts with other countries.
“The absolute priority is Russians,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “The production in Russia, which is already under development, will meet the needs of the Russians.”
St. Petersburg authorities, which reported 3,684 new infections on Wednesday, are fighting an increasing number of cases of infection by ordering bars and restaurants to close from December 30th to January 3rd, the RIA reported.
The museums, theaters and concert halls in cities of more than 5 million people are closed to the public from December 30 to January 10, during the New Year holidays in Russia.