Russia is one of the first countries to announce the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine programme, it has been announced.

Clinics in the capital Moscow are currently inoculating those most at risk from the virus.

The Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 shot is first being offered to doctors and other medical workers, teachers and social workers.

Despite the fact that it has not yet undergone mass testing, developers claim it is 95% effective.

People who have received injections in the last 30 days or who have had respiratory diseases within the last two weeks will be excluded, as will those with certain chronic illnesses, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Every citizen is set to receive two doses of the vaccine, the second 21 days after the first.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who announced the programme earlier in the week, said it was being offered to people in the city of 13 million who work in schools and the health service, as well as social workers.

He said the list would grow as more of the vaccine became available.

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