- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Russia is projected to have distributed 1 million shots through its at-home vaccination program by the end of the year, Russia’s Industry Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview Wednesday.

Russia rolled out its Sputnik V vaccine earlier this month and has produced more than 2 million doses, Mr. Manturov said. The vaccine, which remains in Phase III trials, is administered in two doses, 21 days apart.

As part of a vaccination campaign, people over the age of 60 were allowed to start requesting to receive the immunization earlier this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to receive the Sputnik V vaccine, a Kremlin spokesperson said this week but declined to specify timing.

The country has reported more than 3.1 million cases of COVID-19, the fourth-highest in the world, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

• Lauren Toms can be reached at lmeier@washingtontimes.com.

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