No cameras allowed while Putin’s getting COVID-19 vaccine shot

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with government officials via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 22, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Is Vladimir Putin afraid of needles? Guess we’ll never know.

Putin is expected to get his first shot of the coronavirus vaccine today, but no one will be allowed to see. This is very ironic as he is doing it to encourage reluctant citizens to get the vaccine, but we guess they’ll just have to take his word for it.

Oh, and the Kremlin won’t specify which vaccine Putin gets. Apparently, this is to underline to Russians that “all three Russian vaccines are absolutely reliable, very good and effective”, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Putin revealed on Monday that 6.3 million Russians had so far received one dose of a Covid vaccine since he became the world’s first leader to announce a “large-scale” vaccination back in December. But that’s only around 5 per cent of the adult population.