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Russian President Vladimir Putin now says he will receive his country’s Sputnik V vaccine coronavirus vaccine, a month after saying he would not be injected with it.
A Kremlin spokesman told a Russian state TV channel of the reversal.
“He made this decision and was waiting until all formalities are completed,” Dmitry Peskov said.
The 68-year-old leader has worked remotely and largely avoided travel since the beginning of the pandemic. He said one of his daughters took part in the clinical trial for the Sputnik V vaccine, which the country claims is over 90 percent effective, and she felt well afterward.
Russians over the age of 60 can begin applying can begin applying for shots on Monday, a day after health officials approved the vaccine for elderly people following a separate trial.
Russia has about 2.8 million coronavirus cases, and about 49,000 deaths from the virus, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
With Post wires
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