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Russia says more than 100,000 people already vaccinated against COVID-19

A laboratory assistant holds a tube with Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition in Budapest, Hungary, November 19, 2020. Matyas Borsos/Hungarian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko on Wednesday said more than 100,000 people had already been vaccinated against COVID-19, as Moscow presented its Sputnik V vaccine to the United Nations over video link.

President Vladimir Putin earlier ordered authorities to begin mass voluntary vaccinations next week. Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya and Tom Balmforth; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Toby Chopra

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