Putin to get Russian coronavirus vaccine

Putin to get Russian coronavirus vaccine
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin's party wins big majority in Russian parliamentary elections Putin's party expected to keep control of lower house amid fraud complaints Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' MORE is slated to receive a coronavirus vaccine, state media reported on Sunday. 

“He said he will be vaccinated, he made this decision and was waiting until all formalities are completed,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Rossiya 1 TV Channel, Reuters reported

Putin, 68, has previously suggested there was no reason for him to be vaccinated, and said the country would focus its vaccination efforts on the elderly and higher-risk individuals. 

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The country announced earlier this year it had developed what it claimed to be a safe and effective vaccine against the virus. 

Putin said one of his daughters took part in a clinical trials for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in August, according to Reuters.

Public health officials in the United States have approved two vaccines for public use, the first doses of which have been administered in recent weeks. President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability Capitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally MORE have both publicly take the vaccine to help strengthen public trust in its safety. 

Other former U.S. presidents have said they would do the same.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE, who was diagnosed with and recovered from the coronavirus earlier this year, so far has not taken the vaccine publicly or announced plans to do so. It is likely that he has developed antibodies to the virus.