Vladimir Putin cannot take Russian coronavirus vaccine despite “very high efficacy” | World | News


The results of Sputnik V’s provisional trial revealed that the jab had “very high efficiency” at 95%, the developers said at a press conference. The vaccine will be available from February 2021.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “impossible” for Putin to be vaccinated as a volunteer.He said: “We have not yet started generalized vaccination and the Head of State cannot participate in the vaccination as a volunteer. It’s impossible. The president cannot use an uncertified vaccine. ”

This despite the second provisional data of the Sputnik V jab showing that it is 91.4% effective 28 days after the first dose.

According to the developers, the effectiveness increases to 95% 42 days after the first dose.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) explained in a statement alongside the Health Ministry and Gamaleya Research Center that the estimates were based on preliminary figures presented 42 days after the first dose.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said Russia plans to manufacture 1 billion doses next year.

The jab, which will be produced on Russian and international soil, will be made available to Russian nationals free of charge.

In August, Mr Putin revealed that one of his daughters had taken two injections of the vaccine.

The original images were edited to make the cough appear less severe, and they were later uploaded to the Kremlin website.

The state-run TASS news agency reported that Mr. Putin “apologized and continued the meeting almost without stopping.”

The agency asked about Mr Putin’s health and was told he was “absolutely normal”.

Radio Mayak, which broadcast an original video, said: “Putin’s vocal cords gave way as he prepared his government to fight COVID-19.”


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