Putin receives Russian coronavirus vaccine – Kremlin

Putin receives Russian coronavirus vaccine - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, his state media spokesman told reporters, receiving one of three injections being developed in the country.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin was feeling good and would have a full working day on Wednesday.

Putin’s delay in getting the vaccine while touting Russia’s Sputnik V as the “best” shot in the world raised eyebrows, and he was one of the last world leaders to be vaccinated.

The procedure took place behind closed doors despite speculation that the Russian president would broadcast it live to allay public mistrust of Russian vaccines, with Peskov saying earlier on Tuesday that “you will have to take our word for it” .

“As for getting vaccinated in front of the cameras, he doesn’t like it,” Peskov said of the 68-year-old leader, who has not been shy in front of the camera during his two decades in power.

Peskov also declined to specify which vaccine Putin took, story reporters on Tuesday that “the three Russian vaccines are absolutely reliable, very good and effective. “

Previous reports mentionned Putin, 68, was waiting for his vaccination schedule to allow him to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Quoting Putin in a closed-door meeting with reporters last month, Kommersant reported that he would not release his vaccination because he “doesn’t want to be a monkey.”
Yet, with Russia’s mass vaccination campaign getting off to a slower-than-expected start since the start of the year, Putin’s move will likely be seen as an effort to boost public confidence in Russian-made vaccines.

Only about 4 million of the country’s 144 million people have so far received two doses of the vaccine and another 2 million a first dose. A poll this month found that nearly two-thirds of Russians don’t want a Sputnik V.

“Vaccination is of course the voluntary choice of each person … Besides, I intend to do it myself tomorrow,” Putin said during a televised meeting on Monday.
His vaccination also comes as Russia argues with the European Union over an EU official comments Criticism of the Russian vaccine and Sputnik V is under continuous review for approval with the EU medicines regulator.

Russia became the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine in August 2020 by endorsing Sputnik V, which was developed by the Gamaleya Public Research Institute and the Russian Direct Investment Fund. International experts have expressed concerns about its approval ahead of large-scale safety and efficacy trials, while Western officials have criticized the coup as a propaganda tool.

A peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet last month found that Sputnik V was almost 92% effective, alleviating some of these concerns.

Russia has so far registered two other national vaccines: KoviVak and EpiVacCorona.


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