The first batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine has been delivered to St. Petersburg, a spokesperson for Vice Governor Oleg Ergashev’s administration told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
At this stage, the logistics is being tested for medics to familiarize themselves with the process. In the framework of the pilot, supply chains, distribution and inoculation organization will be tested.
The first batch of the vaccine was delivered to City Hospital No40. The medical personnel of the hospital has been instructed by the Gamaleya Institute specialists on the requirements for storing and transporting the vaccine.
Mass vaccination is expected to start after vaccine production is expanded and more information is collected during post-registration tests.
St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov said that the first batch consists of several dozens of doses for doctors and nurses.
The Sputnik V vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute was clinically tested during June-July and registered in Russia on August 11.
39,475 COVID-19 cases have been registered in St. Petersburg since the start of the pandemic. 27,190 patients got well, and 2,650 people died.
Video: St. Petersburg TV channel