Russia has opened vaccination stations at 70 points in its capital and became the first country to officially start mass vaccination. The UK has also followed suit and, after the emergency-use authorisation of Pfizer's drug, the vaccination of the population could begin as early as Tuesday.
Russia and the United Kingdom are now at the forefront of mass vaccination against the coronavirus by formally approving the vaccines they intend use and make available for the general public.
On Saturday Russia set up vaccination stations at 70 points in Moscow to test those who are most exposed virus, namely teachers and doctors, as well as healthcare and social workers.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said around 5,000 residents registered as early as Saturday and queues soon began to form in front of the stations. However, current regulations forbid health authoritites from administering the vaccination to people aged over 60, pregnant women, those with underlying health problems and people who have received ventilator treatment.
The other leading country to start mass vaccinations is the UK, which has granted emergency-use authorisation for Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, meaning that mass vaccination is slated to begin on Tuesday. The country has ordered 800,000 doses of the vaccine which is said to be 95% effective against the COVID-19 disease. The UK was hit extremely hard by the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic and has only now managed to reduce the number of daily infections to around 15,000. NHS is excited about Tuesday's "march" and expect another breakthrough in the country's epidemic management.