Russia Has Started Vaccinating Its Citizens with the Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shocked the world on August 11 when he announced the country had developed the first COVID-19 vaccine. Now, Russia is the first country to deliver mass vaccination among its population.
The Russian vaccine is named Sputnik V after the first satellite that was launched into space. The naming is not a coincidence and is seen as a nod to Russia beating America in the space race when it launched Sputnik 1 in 1957. This time around, the Sputnik V is the world’s first registered COVID-19 vaccine, beating big pharma brands in the U.S.
On Saturday, December 5, Moscow opened 70 vaccination centers around the country, marking the start of mass vaccinations in Russia. Healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, and hospital staff will be the first ones to receive the vaccine, which is delivered in two shots, with the second being administered 21 days after the first injection. The Russian government previously announced the vaccine has a 92 percent success rate.
People Who Are Barred from Receiving Vaccination
According to the Russian government, people above the age of 60 are barred from receiving the vaccine. Also among the list are pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions, and those who are experiencing respiratory conditions for the past two weeks.
Moscow remains one of the most severely affected cities in the world by the pandemic. On December 5, the city recorded 7,993 new infections, up from 6,868 new cases the previous day. The country recorded 28,782 new infections on Saturday.
Sputnik V is developed by the Gamaelya institute and is funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).