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Russia to vaccinate armed forces against Covid-19 as new cases hit daily record

By Hindustan times

Russia plans to vaccinate more than 400,000 military personnel against Covid-19, Defence minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday, as authorities reported a record 27,543 new coronavirus cases.

Russia, which is working on several vaccines against the virus, has seen a surge in infections since September but authorities have resisted imposing lockdowns, relying instead on targeted measures in certain regions.

Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero will manufacture more than 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine per year under the terms of a deal with Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund unveiled on Friday.

Siberia’s Vector Institute, developing EpiVacCorona, Russia’s second Covid-19 vaccine, said immunity would not be lifelong and that additional vaccinations would be required 6-10 months after the first two shots, and then once every three years.

The Vector Institute was ready to produce up to five million doses of its vaccine per year, Alexander Ryzhikov, head of the institute’s zoonotic infections and influenza department, said on Friday.

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