About 2.2mn Russians Receive First Dose of Sputnik V Vaccine


About 2,200,000 people in Russia have received the first dose of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Deputy Research Director at the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology Dmitry Logunov said at a round table hosted by the Moscow City Council on Wednesday.

“In total, about 2.2 mn people have received the first dose of the vaccine,” he pointed out, TASS reports. “More than 1.7 million people have been given both doses. Among them, only about 300 people got infected,” Logunov added.

According to him, the Russian vaccine is no different from foreign ones in terms of effectiveness. Logunov also pointed to the ongoing clinical studies and work to monitor immunogenicity in patients.

On August 11, 2020, Russia became the first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, which was named Sputnik V. The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Post-registration trials of the vaccine kicked off in Moscow on September 7, 2020.