Putin’s COVID-19 vaccination to be saved out of public eye

Russian President Vladimir Putin “doesn’t like” the thought of getting vaccinated towards COVID-19 on digital camera and will probably be getting his shot out of the general public eye on Tuesday, his spokesman says

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin will probably be getting his first vaccination towards COVID-19 on Tuesday, however out of sight of the cameras, his spokesman mentioned, prompting questions on whether or not the gesture will increase comparatively low immunization charges in Russia.

Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters throughout a convention name that “with regards to getting vaccinated on digital camera, he has by no means supported that, he would not like that.”

Peskov would not reveal whether or not Putin will go to a vaccination facility or the shot will probably be dropped at him in his workplace or residence, saying solely that “it’ll performed in a approach that will the least have an effect on” Putin’s working schedule.

Putin introduced that he would get vaccinated at a authorities assembly the day earlier than. The assertion got here a number of months after widespread immunization towards COVID-19 kicked off in Russia. Kremlin critics have argued that Putin’s reluctance to get vaccinated was contributing to the already current hesitancy concerning the vaccine.

Solely 6.3 million folks, or 4.3% of Russia’s 146-million inhabitants, have obtained a minimum of one dose of a vaccine. It lags behind a variety of different international locations by way of the vaccination charge. Surveys by Russia’s high impartial pollster, Levada Heart, have proven that the variety of Russians reluctant to get vaccinated with the domestically developed Sputnik V shot has grown in latest months — to 62% in February from 58% in December.

Pressed by reporters over whether or not Putin ought to get vaccinated on digital camera with a purpose to increase gradual vaccination charges, Peskov argued that Russians “will hear” concerning the president’s vaccination and that Putin is already doing “rather a lot” for selling the vaccination marketing campaign.

The Kremlin spokesman refused to disclose which of the three vaccines licensed to be used in Russia Putin will obtain, saying solely that each one three are “completely good, dependable, efficient.”

Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to a few domestically developed photographs — Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac. All three obtained the authorization earlier than finishing superior trials consultants say are essential to make sure their security and effectiveness in step with established scientific protocol.

Nonetheless, a latest research within the British medical journal the Lancet confirmed that Sputnik V is 91% efficient and seems to stop inoculated people from turning into severely in poor health with COVID-19, though it’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the vaccine can forestall the unfold of the illness. No knowledge on efficacy of the 2 different vaccines have been launched.

Russia has been actively advertising and marketing Sputnik V overseas, regardless of the gradual rollout at residence and restricted manufacturing capacities. Dozens of nations have accredited using Sputnik V, and lots of signed offers with the Russian Direct Funding Fund that bankrolled the vaccine to get shipments of the shot.

The fund mentioned Tuesday it has submitted a request for Sputnik V to be a part of the worldwide vaccine sharing scheme COVAX. The shot first must be endorsed by the World Well being Group, which remains to be within the technique of reviewing knowledge offered by Russia.

Exporting the vaccines has not been with out delays and a few questioned whether or not Moscow had the capability to ship on its guarantees. In Russia, state media and authorities officers boasted concerning the worldwide success of the shot that got here regardless of preliminary criticism of Sputnik V’s hasty introduction.

Peskov mentioned Tuesday that Sputnik V was “so sought-after” that Russia’s manufacturing “cannot deal with the demand from overseas.”

To spice up manufacturing, the Russian Direct Funding Fund has signed agreements with producers in a variety of international locations together with India, Brazil, South Korea and most lately Italy. Putin mentioned on Monday such agreements amounted to a complete of 700 million vaccines a 12 months.

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