Massive vaccinations against the coronavirus will start in the coming months in the Russian capital Moscow. That starts between December and January, Mayor Sergej Sobjanin wrote on his blog on Monday.
The first significant deliveries of the first Russian vaccine will arrive next month. “That will be the ultimate victory over the pandemic,” said Sobjanin. The Russian vaccine called ‘Sputnik-V’ had already been released in August.
There was international criticism for approval before the completion of significant tests. Large-scale phase III studies are currently underway. A second vaccine developed in Russia has now also been released.
In the largest country in the world in terms of surface area, the number of new infections has been rising rapidly for weeks. According to official statistics, 15,982 cases were reported in a day on Monday – more than ever before. There are more than 1.3 million registered infections.
In Russia, most of the sick are registered in Moscow. According to official figures, more than 24,000 people across the country died from the virus, and more than a million people recovered.
To prevent further infections, high school students in Moscow must learn at home from Monday. Some of the employees in companies have to work from home.
A curfew and store closures like in the spring are not planned, for the time being, the mayor of Moscow wrote. “The optimal strategy is to find a middle ground.”