Does he do it or does he not?
The Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to have the corona vaccine “Sputnik V”, developed in his own country, injected. “He said that he would be vaccinated,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov was quoted on Sunday on the website of the state broadcaster “Rossiya 1”.
“He made this decision and is waiting until all the formalities have been dealt with,” Peskow continues. Russia started a voluntary vaccination program with “Sputnik V” in early December, starting with the most vulnerable groups in Moscow.
But the response to the controversial vaccine is a horror for the Kremlin. Despite 500 corona deaths in the country every day (probably far more than officially), hardly anyone dares to be injected with “Sputnik V”. The fear of the feared side effects is too great.
Moscow authorities alone want to vaccinate seven of the twelve million inhabitants. So far, after research by the „Moscow Times“ just 1,000 a day. For comparison: In Berlin, 20,000 people per day are to be vaccinated from mid-January.
Journalists from the online newspaper visited various hospitals in the Russian capital. The result: only about ten people per hospital volunteered for the vaccination “on a good day” – they received it either immediately or within days.
And people’s fears seem justified!
► A reporter for the newspaper critical of the Kremlin “Novaya Gazeta” got tested about two weeks ago with the supposedly almost free of side effects Vaccinate “Sputnik V”. Shortly afterwards he got “severe headache, fever and excruciating pain at the vaccination site”. The fever lasted for a whole day and the young man had to stay in bed. 36 hours of pain and fear before the side effects of “Sputnik V” subsided.
But the material had changed the man’s body. Ten days after the vaccination, the reporter did a Covid-19 antibody test. This showed that the man had a value 33 times higher than normal. Doctors he contacted could only explain the values in such a way that the Russian journalist had already gone through a Covid infection. What he didn’t know about …
► Also a journalist for the German broadcaster “German wave” was vaccinated with “Sputnik V”. After the first of the two doses, he too got chills, muscle pain and a fever (38.6 degrees) and had to take antipyretic medication against the drug.
So now Putin’s PR campaign to take away the fear of the vaccine. On the Internet, however, numerous users doubted that the autocrat would actually use the substance.
“Whose vaccine”, a user asked sarcastically, referring to the Kremlin announcement on the day the vaccination started with the Biontech substance in Europe. “I bet it’s not Sputnik”said another. “Did he get his hands on the Pfizer”a third scoffed.
Moscow mayor Sergej Sobyanin announced that people over 60 years of age in Russia can be vaccinated from Monday. The Russian Ministry of Health had previously approved the vaccine for the elderly.
The 68-year-old Putin had previously said that the Russian vaccine was effective and safe and that he saw no reason not to get vaccinated. A statement that the Russians seem to have little confidence in.
Only 42 percent of all Russians want to meet according to state survey get vaccinated with “Sputnik V” in August. For comparison: in Germany there is a willingness to be vaccinated against the coronavirus current at 65 percent.