The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, was vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine on Saturday.
A video of his jab was shared by TeleSUR TV on Twitter.
#ÚltimoMinuto El presidente de Venezuela @NicolasMaduro se colocó la primera dosis de la vacuna #SputnikV como parte del plan de vacunación del país.— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) March 6, 2021
La inoculación se produce tras haber inmunizado al personal de salud y de primera línea de combate al #COVID19 en Venezuela pic.twitter.com/2IGfkvMyrL
According to Maduro's statement on Twitter, his wife, Cilia Flores, was vaccinated with him.
"I share the moment when I, together with Cilia Flores, received our first doses of the Sputnik V vaccine," Maduro said.
Comparto el momento en el que, junto a @ConCiliaFlores, nos aplicamos la primera dosis de la Sputnik V. Con esta vacuna hemos inmunizado a gran parte de nuestro personal médico, y nos preparamos, sumando otras vacunas para proteger a todo nuestro pueblo. https://t.co/TczAeBBKp3— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 6, 2021
Last year, Russia delivered the first batch of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to Venezuela, the first country in the Western Hemisphere to participate in phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine. Earlier, Maduro said that his country would use Sputnik V and one of the Chinese coronavirus vaccines to inoculate the most vulnerable people in the country, such as doctors, teachers, the elderly, and those suffering from chronic conditions.
Sputnik V was registered on 11 August 2020, becoming the world's first registered COVID vaccine. In early February, the Lancet medical magazine published a study confirming the vaccine's efficacy at 91.6 percent.