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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to take a vaccine against the coronavirus, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

    The Kremlin spokesman stressed that Vladimir Putin will personally announce when he will be vaccinated.

    "We have the right to expect that in the foreseeable future the president will announce the decision. He said he would do it himself. He said that he would be vaccinated, that he had taken such a decision and was waiting for the formalities to be over", Peskov said, as cited by vesti.ru.

    Earlier in the week, Russia's domestic Sputnik V vaccine was approved for people aged over 60.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia

    During clinical trials, Sputnik V – the first COVID-19 vaccine registered in the world – showed that it was more than 90 percent effective at preventing the coronavirus. According to researchers, Sputnik V is capable of building up immunity for more than two years.

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