Russia begins mass testing of expedited Covid 19 vaccine

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Also published in Tass, 14 September 2020

First batch of Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine delivered to St. Petersburg

The pilot delivery will test logistics chains, distribution techniques and the organization of the vaccination campaign among risk groups

ST. PETERSBURG, September 14. /TASS/. The first batch of Russia’s anti-coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has been delivered to Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, the press service of the city’s deputy governor Oleg Ergashev said on Monday.

“At this stage, we are testing the mechanism of the vaccine delivery. The city is among the first Russian regions to receive the Sputnik V vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Center,” it said, adding that the batch was delivered to the city’s hospital No.40.

According to the press service, the pilot delivery will test logistics chains, distribution techniques and the organization of the vaccination campaign among risk groups.

“The hospital’s specialists received instructions from the Gamaleya Center on special conditions of the vaccine storage and transportation. Thus, the vaccine should be kept in a temperature of lower than minus 18 degrees Centigrade,” the press service noted.

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