M.On Saturday, Osco began distributing the Sputnik V Covid-19 shot through 70 clinics, with the aim of providing Russia’s first mass vaccine against the disease, the city’s coronavirus taskforce said.
The taskforce said the Russian-made vaccine would first be made available to doctors and other medical staff, teachers and social workers because they were most at risk of exposure to the disease.
“You’re working at an educational institution and topped the free Covid-19 vaccine,” an elementary school teacher read a text message from a Muscovit-received phone early Saturday morning and saw Reuters.
On Friday, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his personal website, “In the first five hours, five thousand people signed up for jobs-teachers, doctors, social workers, who risked their health today and are living the most.”
Shot takers are under 60 years of age. Certain people with certain underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those who have been suffering from respiratory illness for the past two weeks are prohibited from vaccinating.
Russia has developed two Covid-19 vaccines, the Sputnik V, backed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the other developed by the Siberian Vector Institute, both of which have yet to be finalized.
Scientists have expressed concern about the speed at which Russia has worked, given its vaccines control purposes, and introduced mass vaccines before full testing to test its safety and efficacy.
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