Putin says will get vaccine when possible for age range

MOSCOW, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will receive the Russian-developed Sputnik V coronavirus jab once it is approved for people his age, praising the vaccine as safe and effective.

The 68-year-old Russian president said at his annual end-of-year press conference that he had not been vaccinated yet, but “will definitely do so as soon as it becomes possible” according to expert advice.

Putin claimed Russia had become the first country in the world to “invent” and start producing a vaccine, which he described as being around 96-97 percent effective, according to experts.

The Russian leader in August announced the registration of the Sputnik V jab — named a…

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