The minister also stated that the Sputnik V vaccine in Armenia will be used to inoculate healthcare workers, chronic patients, staff and residents of social institutions in the 18-55 age group.
The first batch of 15,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus was delivered to Armenia on Thursday morning. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told the Russia-1 TV channel that Yerevan needs approximately one million doses of this preparation.
A quarantine has been in effect in Armenia since September 11, 2020. A mask regime has been introduced in the country, while all institutions, shopping centers and restaurants remain open and public transportation continues to function. In the middle of March, the Armenian prime minister stated that the situation with the spread of the infection in the country was serious and urged the population to observe anti-epidemic norms with greater vigilance. Recently, the daily growth of the infections has been surpassing 1,000. According to the latest data, the number of coronavirus infections in Armenia has reached 203,327 (approximately 7% of residents), with 3,753 fatalities.
Earlier, Russia had shipped to Armenia a batch of the Sputnik V preparation which allowed to launch vaccination of healthcare workers involved in the fight against the coronavirus on March 11. According to the latest data, as many as 600 people have already been inoculated. On March 28, the republic also received a first batch of 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within the framework of the COVAX mechanism.