Russia has begun vaccinating its military against the new coronavirus, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Friday.
Total, more than 400,000 soldiers will be vaccinated in the framework of this campaign launched in accordance with an order from President Vladimir Putin, Shoigu said, quoted in the statement from the Russian army.
So far, more than 2,500 military personnel have been vaccinated, and the number will reach 80,000 before the end of the year. according to the same source.
In early September, the minister himself said that he had himself vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, prepared by Moscow’s Gamaleya research center in partnership with the Defense Ministry.
Currently in phase 3 clinical trials, the Russian vaccine is 95% effective, according to its creators.
Russia, fourth in the number of contaminations after the United States, India and Brazil, registered a new record of 27,543 cases detected in 24 hours and 496 deaths on Friday.
The country has registered 2,215,533 cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic, with 38,558 deaths.