After expressing approval of the Sputnik V vaccine, President Vladimir Putin rejected calls for him to get the vaccine earlier to encourage public take up.
The 68-year-old president said getting the vaccine earlier was not necessary as he did not want to “monkey around” the cameras. He added that he might only get vaccinated in the late summer or early autumn.
Last year in August, the Russian president drew criticism for declaring the efficacy of the vaccine before clinical trials were complete. At the beginning of this month, the results of the vaccine showed that it`s 92 per cent effective.
After one of the Russian president’s daughters volunteered to get the Sputnik jab before clinical trials were completed she said she had felt good afterwards.
“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the necessary checks,” Putin said at the time.
Many Western countries had been doubting the efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine when clinical trials were incomplete. Following the release of the trial results in The Lancet, Moscow revelled in its scientific and political success.
Last week, Peskov said that Russia was working to further increase the production of the Sputnik V in foreign nations after 15 countries approved the vaccine.
“The number of countries that register this vaccine at home is increasing every day,’ he said. ‘We are very active in responding to enquiries from various countries asking for the supply of this vaccine.”