Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country will expand the use of a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine to cover all citizens.
Putin on Wednesday held an online government meeting and ordered officials to step up the inoculation program with the Sputnik V vaccine from next week.
He said the government should also work to develop a vaccine that is effective against variants of the virus. Putin said he is concerned about and watching the situation in Britain, where a variant has been spreading.
A deputy prime minister reported that another domestically developed vaccine approved in October has been found to be effective against variants, adding that research into it is continuing.
The coronavirus continues to spread in the country, with around 20,000 new cases confirmed every day.
The Putin administration wants to further promote vaccination, while many people have doubts about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.