Russia vaccinates more than 800,000 citizens against COVID-19, issued vaccination certificates

More than 800,000 people in Russia have so far been inoculated against the latest coronavirus and more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine have been distributed, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday.

Russia, which started carrying out its Sputnik V vaccine in early December, has the world’s fourth-largest number of COVID-19 cases and has strong expectations for a number of vaccines it plans to produce.

From 1 January, citizens who are inoculated in Russia will collect an electronic vaccine card, Murashko was quoted by the TASS news agency. The Ministry keeps a database of Russians who have been vaccinated, TASS announced.

The Sputnik V vaccine, which Russia has already begun to distribute to other nations, is given in two doses, using separate ingredients, 21 days apart.

Russia delivered 300,000 doses of the vaccine to Argentina last week, creating frustration at home, with some claiming that more vaccines should be made available at home.

On Saturday, Russia announced 26,301 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a cumulative caseload of 3,212,637 cases.

Authorities say 447 people had died in the last 24 hours, with an official death toll of 58.002.

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