Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he hopes to be protected from COVID-19 thanks to the Sputnik V vaccine, after one of his close collaborators, also vaccinated, fell ill forcing the Russian president to isolate himself.

“I hope that everything happens as it should, and that Sputnik V really demonstrates its high level of protection against covid-19,” Putin said in a videoconference with leaders of his party and his government, broadcast on television.

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