In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 23 315 cases of COVID-19 and 436 deaths due to a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The total case count going up to 3 425 269 and 62 273 deaths, the anti-coronavirus crisis center informed on Monday.
- Russia announced Monday that 1,5 million people around the world had received its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine but did not offer a breakdown of where the jab was distributed.
- St. Petersburg's museums and the Leningrad Zoo were reopened Monday after being ordered to close for 12 days over the New Year holiday due to rising coronavirus infections. Exhibitions and concerts as well as tourist bus trips will also be permitted to resume.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed by phone the potential for joint production of a coronavirus vaccine.
- Hungary will not purchase the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for large-scale inoculation due to Russia's lack of production capacity, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said.
- Russia will trial a one-dose version of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, officials said on Monday, as they aim to provide a stopgap solution for badly hit countries.
- A medical clinic in Moscow plans to be the first to bring two leading western-developed coronavirus vaccines to Russia, the clinic’s head told on Tuesday. The Hadassah Clinic is working to bring the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to Russia as soon as it becomes possible, its head Evgeny Tugolukov said.