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Photo taken on Sept. 15, 2020 shows Russia's COVID-19 vaccine named "Sputnik V" during the phase-3 clinical trials in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Xinhua)

More than 2,500 Russian servicemen have been vaccinated and this number will reach 80,000 by the end of the year.

MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday that the country plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines to more than 400,000 servicemen in the military.

Shoigu made the announcement during a defense ministry board meeting, noting that the decision was in accordance with an order of the Russian presidency.

"To date, more than 2,500 servicemen have been vaccinated. By the end of the year, this number will reach 80,000," he added.

Russia has developed two COVID-19 vaccines, namely Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona. A third one being developed so far is scheduled to have its clinical trials completed by the end of 2020.

The country aims to start voluntary mass vaccinations against the virus before the new year, which will be carried out stage by stage, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. ■

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