Putin announces the beginning of mass vaccination in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start mass vaccination against coronavirus of all Russian citizens starting next week, RIA Novosti reports. "We need to move from large-scale to mass vaccination, and I ask to keep this in mind, to prepare appropriate infrastructure, (...) I ask you, starting next week, (...) to make an appropriate schedule for this work, similarly to how it is practiced for other diseases, such as influenza, for example,"Putin said. The President noted that no problems should arise in this connection, as Sputnik V does not require special transportation conditions. He also said that the Russian vaccine was the best in the world, but noted that one still needs to understand how it would work against the background of other strains of the novel virus.