Venezuelan President Maduro Gets First Dose of Russian Sputnik V COVID Vaccine

© AFP 2022 / YURI CORTEZVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, gestures while speaking during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on February 17, 2021.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, gestures while speaking during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on February 17, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2021
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Earlier this week, Sputnik V was ranked the world's second-most imported COVID-19 vaccine after AstraZeneca's, while those by Pfizer and Moderna are third and fourth, respectively.

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. 

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.

​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.

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