PUBLISHED: 01:56, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:56, Wed, Nov 25, 2020
Interim trial findings of Sputnik V revealed the jab has a “very high effectiveness” with 95 percent, the developers told a press conference. The vaccine will be available as soon as February 2021.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “impossible” for Mr Putin to be vaccinated as a volunteer.
He said: “We have not yet begun widespread vaccination and the head of state can’t take part in vaccination as a volunteer. It’s impossible. The president can’t use an uncertified vaccine.”
This is despite second interim data from the Sputnik V jab showing it is 91.4 percent effective 28 days after the first dose.
According to developers, the effectiveness increases as high as 95 percent 42 days after the first dose.
Vladimir Putin can’t take Russia’s coronavirus vaccine despite ‘very high effectiveness’ (Image: Getty)
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) explained in a statement alongside the Health Ministry and the Gamaleya research centre that the estimations were based on preliminary figures shown 42 days after the first dose.
Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said Russia intended to manufacture 1billion doses next year.
The jab, which will be produced on both Russian and international soil, will be available to Russian nationals for free.
Back in August Mr Putin revealed that one of his daughters had taken two shots of the vaccine.
Vladimir Putin has not taken Russia’s coronavirus vaccine (Image: Getty)