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Putin gets booster vaccination

On Sunday, the authorities reported 1,252 coronavirus deaths within 24 hours
HANDOUT - 20 November 2021, Russia, Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia attend a ceremony where the later was decorated with the highest state award in Russia, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle the First-Called, at St Catherine’s Hall of the Kremlin. Photo: -/Kremlin/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia attend a ceremony. Photo: Kremlin/dpa.

In the midst of the dramatic coronavirus situation in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said he had himself been given a booster vaccination.

He was vaccinated on Sunday with the Russian vaccine Sputnik Light, the 69-year-old said in the evening in Moscow, according to the Kremlin. Two hours after the so-called booster, he said, he was doing well.

As with his first vaccination in the spring, no cameras were allowed in. The only video released was of Putin talking to Denis Logunov of the Gamaleya Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology.

Logunov's scientists developed the Sputnik V vaccine.

According to Logunov, more than 50 million people in Russia have now been vaccinated with Sputnik.

Vaccination campaign

However, the vaccination campaign in the country of about 146 million people is running slowly due to widespread scepticism. Only 40% of the population are fully protected, according to statistics.

On Sunday, the authorities reported 1,252 coronavirus deaths within 24 hours, the second highest daily figure since the beginning of the pandemic.

In addition, there were almost 37,000 new infections within one day.

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