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San Marino on Tuesday received a first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, government officials said, allowing the tiny state landlocked inside Italy to start its immunisation campaign.

First inoculations are expected to begin as soon as this week on a voluntary basis with priority given to health workers and people over the age of 75.

“We cannot rule out that some people will decide not to use the opportunity”, the health minister Roberto Ciavatta told Reuters. “But we wanted to give them the option”.

The deal was on top of the accord the 24-square-mile enclave managed to seal last month with Italy and the European Commission, granting it access to some of the shots the EU has secured for its member states.

But complex and lengthy bureaucratic procedures and widespread shortages of the shots delayed the process.

“We are still waiting for some authorisations from the pharmaceuticals companies involved to unblock the process,” Ciavatta said. “We are confident we will seen a breakthrough soon”.

In the meantime, San Marino – which recorded around 3,400 coronavirus cases and some 70 Covid-19 related deaths – announced last week the agreement with Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, which markets Sputnik V abroad…

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