Russian State TV showed on Wednesday a medical train being used to give COVID-19 vaccinations to people living in remote parts of Siberia.
Patients can get vaccinated as well as have a medical check up aboard the Academician Fyodor Uglov, named in honour of a well known Soviet physician.
The locomotive was expected make over a 100 stops in the Irkutsk region and in the republic of Buryatia.
“People have understood the gravity of the problem and its urgency,” Roman Deryagin, the Deputy Head of Academician Fyodor Uglov, said, of the patients who came for the jab.
Despite skepticism about Russia’s hasty introduction of the Sputnik V vaccine, which was rolled out before it had completed late-stage trials, the vaccine appears to be safe and effective.
According to a study published in the Lancet, Sputnik V is 91% effective and appears to prevent inoculated individuals from becoming severely ill with COVID-19, although it’s still unclear if the vaccine can prevent the spread of the disease.
With a global shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, some experts say boosting the use of vaccines made by China and Russia could offer a quicker way to increase the global supply.
Others note that Russia’s push to export its vaccine around the world may be driven by political interests.
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