Russia has begun to vaccinate citizens in Moscow against Covid-19. The first Sputnik V vaccines against the coronavirus were delivered to a hospital just south of Moscow last week, authorities said.
Russia claims the results of the interim tests show that the Sputnik V vaccine is 92 percent effective in protecting people from Covid-19.
The Domodedovo Hospital says on its website that residents who want a vaccination must register on a government website in advance and provide a negative test and proof of identity on the day.
The number of corona cases in Russia has risen sharply since September, but the authorities have consistently opposed the imposition of a hard lockdown. More targeted measures should be enough to deal with the crisis, they believe.
On Monday, authorities reported 26,338 new corona infections, including 6,511 in Moscow and 3,691 in Saint Petersburg. This brings the national total to 2,295,654 since the pandemic began.
They also reported 368 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 39,895.