Nearly 17 million Russians get first dose of coronavirus vaccine

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Russia has given at least one dose to almost 17 million people vaccine against COVID-19, as stated by the Minister of Health Michael Murasko according to the RIA news agency.

This number indicates that Russia has given the first dose of one of its vaccines to about 3 million people in the last two weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on May 12 that 14 million Russians had received a dose of the vaccine.

Some regions of Russia have complained that the vaccination campaign is not moving fast enough despite the fact that the country has launched its own drug. Sputnik V in December, as explained by AMPE.

The mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin expressed his frustration last week about how few residents have chosen to be vaccinated despite the free and easy access to vaccines since January.

Russia has approved four vaccines for domestic use, of which the most widely used is Sputnik V. This drug is administered in two doses, with an interval of 21 days.

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