13 Jan 2021 17:00

Putin sets task of transitioning from largescale to mass vaccination in Russia

MOSCOW. Jan 13 (Interfax) - Russia needs to transition from largescale vaccination against coronavirus to mass vaccination, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that the industry has exceeded planned vaccine production volumes.

"[Russian Prime Minister] Mikhail Vladimirovich [Mishustin] reported to me last week that the industry has performed well; not only has it achieved all promised norms and volumes, it has exceeded the planned volume of vaccine production. We need to move from largescale [vaccination] to mass vaccination," Putin said at a meeting with Russian government officials on Wednesday.

The president asked the Russian government officials to bear this in mind and prepare the relevant infrastructure.

"Thank God, our vaccine doesn't require any special conditions such as -50, -70 degrees [Celsius] during transportation. Things work much more simply and effectively here," Putin said.

In this regard, he asked that a mass vaccination campaign be launched to vaccinate the entire population starting next week, adding that a schedule for this work should be drawn up.