President Vladimir Putin orders mass vaccination with Sputnik V shot in Russia next week

Vladimir Putin tells officials to start mass vaccination with Sputnik V vaccine in Russia next week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered officials to start mass vaccination with Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Russia from next week. Vaccination with Sputnik V will be free of charge for Russian citizens.

The news comes after the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

Russia had earlier announced that the Sputnik V vaccine has 95 per cent efficacy.

One dose of the Sputnik V vaccine will cost less than $10 (Rs 740) for international markets. Two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine is required for every person to be protected from SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, hence the cost of the Russian jab will be less than $20 (Rs 1480) per individual.

The first international delivery of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine will be made in January. The Russian Covid-19 vaccine will be manufactured in India besides other countries, said the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is managing the global reach of the Russian vaccine candidate.

Meanwhile, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. and the RDIF have announced commencement of adaptive Phase 2/3 clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India after receiving necessary clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh.

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