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Moscow aims to vaccinate 7 million as Russia reports record rise in COVID cases

/ 01:18 AM December 07, 2020
Medical worker in Russia fills a syringe with Sputnik V

A medical worker fills a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine before administering an injection during the vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a clinic in Moscow, Russia Dec. 5, 2020. (Photo by MAXIM SHEMETOV / Reuters)

MOSCOW — Moscow wants to vaccinate up to seven million people, its Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said, as Russia on Sunday reported yet another record high number of new COVID-19 cases.

Moscow began distributing its Sputnik V COVID-19 shot via 70 clinics on Saturday to the most exposed groups, marking Russia’s first large-scale vaccination against the disease.

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“In prospect, we have to vaccinate six to seven million people,” Sobyanin told state TV Rossiya-1 in an interview published on Sunday.

Russia reported a record daily increase of 29,039 new cases, taking the national total to 2,460,770 since the pandemic began, while the official national death toll rose to 43,141.

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Russia, which has the world’s fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases, puts high hopes on its vaccines but some scientists have raised concerns about the speed at which it gave the regulatory go-ahead and launched mass inoculations.

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