He noted that some 2 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine have been produced so far, which makes it possible to start mass vaccination.
"I ask you to organize the work in such a way that large-scale vaccination begins at the end of next week," Putin told Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who coordinates the fight against the coronavirus.
"Once again, I want to stress that vaccination will be voluntary and free," the Russian president stressed.
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Health Minister Mikhail Murashko will explain to the UN today the details of the Sputnik V vaccine, which has an efficacy of over 95 percent and a price of USD20 for two doses.
Russia is also working on the mass distribution of EpiVacCorona, a vaccine developed by the Vektor State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology, the results of which have not yet been published. A third vaccine, developed by the Chumakov Center, will soon enter the third phase of clinical trials.
Putin ordered the mass vaccination to begin on the same day that Russia recorded 589 deaths from COVID-19, which is a new high over the last 24 hours.