Russia is starting its Covid-19 vaccination programme, with clinics in the capital Moscow inoculating those most at risk from the virus. Developers say it is 95% effective and causes no major side effects, but it is still undergoing mass testing.
The Russian made vaccine Sputnik V, was registered in August, will be used. According to sources thousands of people have already registered to be vaccinated.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who announced the programme earlier in the week, said it was being offered to people in the city of 13 million who work in schools and the health service, and social workers.
An online registration service allows city residents in the above professions aged 18-60 to book free appointments at 70 sites around the city.
Hospitals allover the country overstretched
So far Russia has recorded 2,431,731 cases, with 42,684 deaths. Today Saturday 5 December, 28,782 new cases and 508 new deaths have been reported.
Moscow, the centre of the pandemic in Russia, number of new cases for the past 24 hours was 7,993. Hospitals all over the country have been overstretched.
Although restrictions were introduced in Moscow in November, the Russian government still rules out a lockdown.