Russian Federation begins vaccination for COVID-19 in Moscow

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The meatpacker, which suffered a large number of cases of Covid-19 in some of its United States slaughterhouses, said it now stands ready to help authorities distribute the vaccine, particularly to workers in the agricultural and food-supply sector, Lombardo said.

Other countries that have announced free COVID-19 vaccination for their citizens include Finland and Japan. "But I made a decision to go ahead and protect myself with all possible options". "A vaccine is the most effective way to achieve this unless one decides to self-isolate", he says.

Several welcomed the most recent efficacy figures, though they said more data was needed.

Russian Federation is offering the vaccine for free to people aged 18 to 60 who don't suffer from chronic illnesses and aren't pregnant or breastfeeding.

Western experts have in the past expressed concern over Sputnik V, fearing that its development could be rushed. An advanced study among 40,000 volunteers was announced two weeks after the vaccine received government approval and that is still ongoing.

The Sputnik V vaccine is administered into two injections, with the next dose is expected to be given 21 days after the first.

Not only is the size of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine packs a logistical problem, the vaccine must also be stored at between -70C and -80C and can also only be moved up to four times, proving what Boris Johnson has stated is a "huge logistical challenge".

He emphasised that France would wait for European Union authorisation of the two vaccines nearest delivery, the Moderna and Pfizer candidates, adding that the country wanted to avoid the logic of a "first come first served" approach in its vaccine strategy.

Meanwhile, Russia on Friday reported 27,403 fresh Covid-19 cases, dropping back from the record high hit on Thursday. Despite the rise in the number of cases, Russian Federation did not impose nationwide lockdowns that have been seen in a few parts of Europe.

Authorities also confirmed 508 deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the official national death toll to 42,684.

Cuttack: Going by the gradual fall in the COVID-19 positive cases in Odisha, there is no possibility of a second wave of the disease in the state, said Dr Jayant Panda, the technical adviser to the state Health department, on Saturday.