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Putin orders to move to mass COVID-19 vaccination for Russians starting next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed authorities to move forward with mass coronavirus inoculation for all Russians starting next week.

“We have already started large-scale vaccination. Last week, [Prime Minister] Mikhail [Mishustin] reported to me that the industry had not only kept up with the promised targets and volumes but also exceeded the planned vaccine production targets. We need to move from large-scale to mass vaccination,” Putin told a cabinet meeting.

“I ask you to launch mass vaccination for the whole population starting next week and come up with the respective schedule of work, as is done with other infections like flu,” the president added.

He noted that the relevant infrastructure should be prepared for mass inoculation.

“Thank God, our vaccine does not require any extreme or unusual transportation conditions like temperature of minus 50 or minus 70 [degrees Celsius – TASS]. It works in a much simpler and efficient way,” Putin explained.

Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks that a Russian vaccine against the coronavirus has proved that it is the best one worldwide. Currently its advantages are obvious and are confirmed by actual practice, the head of state said during a meeting with the cabinet of ministers in a video format on Wednesday.

“The Russian vaccine – it is now completely obvious, we thought so previously anyway, and now the actual application shows that it is, I think, overall is the best one worldwide,” he noted.

According to Putin, “no other preparations of a similar kind demonstrate such a level of protection and such a degree of safety.”

The vast majority of Russian regions returned to in-person learning in schools after the New Year holidays, Minister of Education Sergey Kravtsov told TASS on Thursday.

“Starting from the first working week, the vast majority of regions have returned school children to their desks, while Moscow made a decision on the full return to in-person learning today. This is an encouraging fact, showing that our joint work with the regions to protect people’s health has been effective,” Kravtsov said.

According to the education minister, certain surgical measures still remain in place. Furthermore, the decisions, taken to adjust the holidays and schedules and disinfect school premises, have yielded results.

“Once again, I will emphasize that our priority is the continuous work of the education system and in-person learning format, face-to-face dialogue between the teacher and the student. Currently, only nine schools in Russia remain quarantined due to COVID-19. We continue monitoring the situation,” Kravtsov said.

Source: TASS