Kremlin: Vladimir Putin decides to receive coronavirus vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a Russian state television channel on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a Russian state television channel on Sunday.

“He said he will be vaccinated, he made this decision and was waiting until all the paperwork was completed,” the spokesman told Rossiya 1 television channel on its website.

Russia launched a voluntary vaccination program with the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in early December, starting with the most vulnerable groups in Moscow.

People over 60 can start requesting vaccines on Monday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his website on Sunday, a day after the Russian Health Ministry said the vaccine was approved for use by older people after a separate trial.

Putin, 68, previously said the Russian vaccine was effective and safe and that he saw no reason not to get vaccinated, adding that he was waiting until it was available.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Russia, Putin has mainly worked remotely, held meetings via a video link and limited travel.

He said in August that one of his daughters had participated in the clinical trial of the vaccine and felt good afterwards.

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