Russia is offering its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for free to citizens. In Moscow, where infection rates are high, widespread vaccination is seen as the way out of pandemic restrictions. Muscovites can even get the jab on a shopping trip.
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Russia's COVID-19 infections have been falling since the end of December and restrictions in the country have been loosened. In Moscow, free shots of the country's Sputnik V jab come with a helping of ice cream.
The eastern German firm is raising hopes amid the EU's troubled vaccination drive, after Russia reportedly weighs producing its Sputnik V vaccine there. But despite promises of state support, IDT remains cautious.
The previously contentious vaccine has shown promising results in a phase III trial. Its efficacy also looks to be high for the coronavirus risk group of people of 60 and over.
The worst-hit country in the Middle East has started inoculations with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. Meanwhile, France logged its highest number of intensive care patients in two months. Follow DW for the latest.
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