Moscow Promises Residents for Corona Vaccination

The authorities in the Russian capital Moscow hope to be able to vaccinate residents against the coronavirus on a large scale next month.

Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova of the metropolis says, according to Russian media, that preparations are already underway. Several thousand people from risk groups have already been vaccinated.

Rakova said on Friday that insufficient doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine had been supplied to vaccinate people on a large scale already. She expects that this may change next month. Then all Muscovites who are interested can apply.

The Sputnik V vaccine is currently still being tested on tens of thousands of subjects. The authorities previously expressed the hope that tens of millions of doses would be produced before the end of the year, but that was probably too optimistic. President Vladimir Putin recognized this week that problems are scaling up production.

Industry Minister Denis Manturov said recently that 300,000 doses should be produced this month, followed by 800,000 in November and 1.5 million in December. Production must then be further increased next year.

The virus is now spreading faster and faster. Authorities reported a record number of new corona infections on Friday and warned of a shortage of medical personnel. Another 18,283 people have been diagnosed with the virus. 5,268 new infections have been reported in Moscow.

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