MOSCOW (AP) —said he would get a coronavirus vaccine shot on Tuesday, several months after widespread vaccination started in Russia. Kremlin opponents have criticized Putin for not getting a comparatively slow rollout of the image in Russia, arguing that his reluctance contributes to the already extensive hesitance about the vaccine. Russia, where only 4.3% of the 146 million population have received at least one dose, several countries regarding the vaccination rate.
Russia’s top independent pollster, Levadavaccinate with Sputnik V have grown in recent months — to 62% in February from 58% in December. The Kremlin has said it doesn’t see a connection between Putin not getting vaccine. On Monday, Putin, 68, told a meeting with government officials and vaccine developers that he would get his vaccine out of the three authorized for use in Russia he would take.
Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to three domestically developed shots. Sputnik V wasand criticism abroad because, at the time, it had only been tested on a few dozen people. However, a recent study published in the British The Lancet showed that the Sputnik V is 91% effective and prevents inoculated individuals from becoming severely ill with COVID-19. However, it’s still unclear if the of the disease.
Two other Russian vaccines, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac, have also received regulatory approval before completing late-stage trials thatare necessary to ensure their safety and effectiveness per established scientific protocol. EpiVacCorona is still undergoing these trials, while CoviVac was to begin them in March. No data on the efficacy of these two vaccines have been released. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also wouldn’t say which one of the three Putin will take on Tuesday, saying only that “all of them are good and reliable.” According to the Russian president, 6.3 in Russia have already received at least one shot, and more than 4.3 million have had two doses.
Putin said 60% of Russian adults Russian vaccines are reliable and safe,” Putin said. “It is an absolute success of our scientists and specialists.” Putin and his spokesman have repeatedly asked why the president hasn’t been vaccinated. In December, the Russian leader said Sputnik V wasn’t being recommended to people of a certain age, adding that “vaccines have not yet reached people like me.” At the time, the shot was only being offered to people ages 18 to 60, but less than two weeks after Putin’s remarks, Russian for those older than 60.to achieve herd immunity, which requires 69.8 million vaccines. As of March 17, around 8.9 million two-dose sets of Sputnik V have been released into circulation in Russia, as well as over 115,000 two-dose locations of EpiVacCorona, the Russian leader said. “Today, we can confidently say … that the