Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his titers of antibodies to coronavirus remained high, and expressed the hope that the Sputnik V vaccine, which he had made earlier, would show its high effectiveness “in real life”.
“My antibody titers, according to general data, are quite high, but let’s see how it will look in practice in real life,” the head of state said on Tuesday at a meeting with members of the government and the leadership of the United Russia party.
Earlier that day, the president said that he had to isolate himself due to contacts with patients with COVID-19 in his environment.
As noted in the press service of the Kremlin, because of this, Putin will take part in the events planned this week in Dushanbe through the SCO and the CSTO in the mode of video conference, and not in person. At the same time, press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov assured journalists that the president himself is absolutely healthy.
Timeliness of revaccination
Putin noted that several people in his circle were infected with the coronavirus, one of whom was “revaccinated a little late.”
“In my closest environment, several people got sick, and one of these employees is a person who works with me in my immediate vicinity. He was vaccinated,” the president said, adding that the antibody titer in this person had dropped.
“He was revaccinated, apparently a little late,” Putin added.
According to the president, this employee fell ill three days after the revaccination. “The day before, I talked with him all day, very close, all day,” the head of state said.
Putin called the situation around his self-isolation a “natural experiment.”
“Let’s see how Sputnik V really works in practice,” the president said. He expressed the hope that “everything will be as it should be, and Sputnik V will really show its high parameters for protection against COVID-19 in life. “.
Putin was vaccinated against coronavirus in the spring. At first, he did not disclose the name of the drug with which he was vaccinated, but at the end of June he announced that it was Sputnik. The president, explaining his choice, noted that he was vaccinated with this particular vaccine, because he “needs to be protected as long as possible.”
In addition, the head of state said that for a long time he did not talk about what drug he was vaccinated with, also in order not to create competitive advantages of one vaccine over another.