Russia will have delivered more than 1 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V to its own national immunization program by the end of this year, a minister said Wednesday.
Russia, which started rolling out the vaccine in early December, has produced over 2 million doses so far, Industry Minister Denis Manturov told state television.
The Sputnik V vaccine is given in two doses, using different components 21 days apart.
The current rate of production will allow the vaccine to be imported into all regions of Russia, while exporting it to other countries, Manturov said.
Russia sent 3.00,000 doses of the vaccine to Argentina last week, causing frustration at home. Some people argued that more shots should be provided at home.
Authorities reported 26,513 new daily coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including 5,105 in Moscow, bringing the national number to 3,131,550 – the fourth highest in the world.
Russia also said 599 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official deaths to 56,426, although excess mortality data suggests the actual number is about three times that.
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