VLADIMIR PUTIN Invites Foreigners To Visit Russia To Be Vaccinated
Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, during his speech on Friday 4 at the plenary session of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, has ordered his government to make it possible, within this month, for foreigners to be able to get the coronavirus vaccine in the country, saying, “I ask the Government to create the conditions for the paid vaccination of foreigners in our country before the end of the month”.
In the same forum, Kiril Dmitriev, the director of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (FIDR), confirmed shortly before that Russia could open the doors to “vaccine tourism” in July, and estimated that their suppliers could turn out 800 million the doses of Sputnik V this year if needed.
Putin went on to point out that Russia is the only country that has signed agreements for the production of its vaccine, Sputnik V, in other countries, criticising the ban on selling Sputnik V in some regions of the world for reasons that he considered “political”, saying, “In the current situation this seems unwilling to protect their own citizens from the threat. Unfortunately, as the popular saying goes: ‘Everyone brings water to their mill.’ This is the case with the fight against coronavirus globally”.
He also pointed to data that shows the efficacy of Sputnik V is 96% and that, so far, “there is not a fatal case due to the use of the vaccine”, although while Vladimir Putin invites inviting foreigners to be vaccinated in his country, he also urged Russian citizens to get vaccinated, since only around 10 per cent of the country has been jabbed, one of the lowest rates among producing countries.
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