MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he received his second COVID-19 vaccine three weeks after receiving the first dose.
The Russian head of state announced at a meeting of the Russian Geographical Society, in which he participated via video link, that he would get the push, which would not reach the public.
“The moment before I enter this hall, I also received the second push. I hope everything will be fine. I don’t even hope as much as I’m sure, ”Putin said.
The President told reporters after the incident that there was no adverse effect after the second shot. “As you can see everything is normal, no side effects,” Putin said, adding that doctors told himhe developed a “good immune response” after the first shot.
Putin got his first coronavirus shot on March 23; even out of sight of the cameras, and the Kremlin would not reveal which of the three vaccines currently approved for use in Russia the president has taken.
The Russian leader’s vaccination comes a few months after the start of comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination in Russia - a delay that confused many. Some critics argued that this added to the pre-existing public hesitation about the vaccine.
The Russian authorities have approved three domestically developed recordings - Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac. All three received approval prior to completing advanced studies towhich experts deem necessary to ensure their safety and effectiveness in accordance with the established scientific protocol.
However, a study published in The Lancet in February showed that Sputnik V was 91% effective and appears to prevent people who have been vaccinated from getting seriously ill with COVID-19, although it is still unclear whether the vaccine will prevent the spread of the disease can. No data on the effectiveness of the other two vaccines have been published.
Russia actively marketed Sputnik V despite the comparatively slow rollout in Germany and the limited production capacities abroad. Dozens of countries have approved the use of Sputnik V, and many have signed contracts with the Russian Direct Investment Fund,who funded the vaccine to get the shot.
A February poll by Russia’s leading independent pollster Levada Center found that 62% of Russians were unwilling to be vaccinated with Sputnik V. The Seattle Times does not add comment threads on stories from news outlets such as the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post or Bloomberg News. Rather, we focus on discussions among our own employees about local stories. You can find more information about our.