Russian president Vladimir Putin announced this Wednesday that he was immunized against the coronavirus with the formula developed by the Gamaleya Institute, that is, the Sputnik V. The official had never disclosed, until now, with which components he had been vaccinated.
Putin recounted it during his traditional Annual Hotline, a television event in which he answers the questions of citizens who arrive through online platforms, telephone or text and voice messages. This year the meeting is focused on the coronavirus, its impact and the mass vaccination campaign against the disease, the Kremlin indicated.
“As for me, when I did […] we had two [vacunas] in civil circulation: EpiVacCorona and Sputnik V. Both are good. […] I started from the fact that I need to be protected as long as possible and I made the decision to get vaccinated with Sputnik V, ”Putin said.
“I made the decision to get vaccinated with Sputnik V, especially since the Armed Forces are vaccinated with Sputnik V, and after all I am the commander in chief,” he added.
The Russian head of state received the first dose of the vaccine on March 23 and announced on April 14 that he had been given the second injection. At that time Putin did not reveal the name of the drug with which he had been vaccinated.
“They really asked me not to talk about what vaccine I would receive, so as not to create any kind of competitive advantage for one drug over another,” the president justified himself.
The Kremlin indicated that they received more than 1.5 million questions through phone calls, as well as text and video messages from all over the Russian geography that can be sent through different applications and social networks.
As on previous occasions, Putin is expected to answer questions about wages, pensions, demographics, agriculture, rising prices and other domestic issues that concern Russians. During the program they also often ask you questions about international news and Russian foreign policy.
The first Putin Hotline was conducted in 2001, the year after he arrived at the Kremlin. Today’s is the eighteenth time that you have used this format to answer questions from citizens. Putin spoke to Russians thirteen times as head of state and four times, between 2008 and 2012, as prime minister.
Last year, the Putin Hotline was not held due to the pandemic, but the head of the Kremlin answered some questions from citizens during his traditional annual press conference for the Russian and international media, offered at the end of 2020. In 2019 Putin answered more than 80 questions during 4 hours and 8 minutes, although the absolute record was broken in 2013, when it was on screen for 4 hours and 47 minutes to answer 85 questions.
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