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Moscow to open COVID-19 vaccination centres on Saturday - mayor

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow will open its new COVID-19 vaccination centres on Saturday and the first people to receive the shot will be teachers, doctors and social workers, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Thursday.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a large-scale voluntary vaccination programme against COVID-19 to begin next week across Russia, saying teachers and doctors should be first in line to get the flagship Sputnik V vaccine.

People in Moscow will be able to register for the jab online from Friday, Sobyanin said in a statement on his website.

Russia, which has resisted imposing stringent lockdown measures, reported a record 28,145 new infections earlier on Thursday, including 7,750 in Moscow.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alex Richardson and Nick Macfie)

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