Putin to receive COVID-19 vaccine in private


Russia President Vladimir Putin will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in private on Tuesday evening.

Putin had earlier announced that he would be vaccinated on Tuesday, joining other world leaders who have received jabs including US President Joe Biden, Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

But unlike many others who were vaccinated in public, Putin will do so behind closed doors.

Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the 68-year-old Russian leader does not want to get a jab in front of the cameras.

“We will not show this, you will have to take our word for it,” Peskov told reporters.

“As for being vaccinated in front of the cameras, he does not like it.”

Russia has developed three vaccines — Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac, although most of the attention has focused on Sputnik.

Peskov said the Kremlin chief would receive one of three Russian vaccines, without specifying which one “on purpose”.

“All three Russian vaccines proved their effectiveness and reliability,” Peskov said.

Vaccine scepticism runs high in Russia, with a recent opinion poll showing less than a third willing to have a jab, and close to two-thirds saying they believe the coronavirus is a man-made biological weapon.

The country has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, with more than 4.4 million cases of the coronavirus and more than 95,000 deaths.


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