Putin opens Russia to “vaccine tourism” with foreign visitors paying for a bump while addressing countries that refuse to buy Sputnik for “political reasons”
- Putin promoted “vaccine tourism” at the annual business conference in St. Petersburg
- He also claimed that some countries deviated from Sputnik V for political reasons
- ‘I know that [foreign] The demand is pretty high, “the 68-year-old told the forum
- Officials have been instructed to prepare to host vaccination tourists from July
Vladimir Putin has urged officials to prepare to open up Russia to “vaccine tourism,” where foreigners can pay for the Sputnik-V-Jab.
The president, who says the vaccine is as reliable as a Kalashnikov rifle, also claimed that some countries would avoid stitches made in Russia for “political reasons”.
At the annual economic conference in St. Petersburg, Putin said: “Given the efficiency of our vaccines, I know that” [foreign] The demand is pretty high. ‘
“The domestic pharmaceutical industry is ready to further ramp up vaccine production,” added the 68-year-old.
Kirill Dmitriyev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which finances the vaccine, said at the forum that Russia could be opened to “vaccine tourism” from July.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the International Economic Forum, known as Russian Davos, in St. Petersburg on Friday
Russia has approved four vaccines for home use, the most widely used of which is Sputnik V. Administered in two doses, with an interval of 21 days between each vaccination, it was the world’s first Covid vaccine in August 2020.
Named after the world’s first satellite launched by the USSR in 1957, Sputnik has been touted by Putin as “the best” jab in the world, while leading independent medical journal The Lancet found it effective in a study published in February.
The Kremlin said Putin was privately vaccinated, but it is not known which of Russia’s three main thrusts he used.
Putin also took the opportunity on Friday to encourage all Russians to come forward to get their free vaccines.
“Every adult citizen of Russia has the opportunity to be vaccinated completely free of charge,” Putin told the International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg, which is often referred to as the Russian Davos.
“I would like to ask our citizens to take this opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
A Venezuelan will receive the Russian Sputnik-V-Jab in Caracas on Thursday
The 68-year-old leader said Russian authorities had not recorded a single death related to the coronavirus vaccine.
He repeated that he had been vaccinated himself and that the vaccinations had few side effects.
“I know about this firsthand,” said Putin.