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Putin hails Sputnik vaccine as ‘reliable as a Kalashnikov’ as scientists unveil new single-dose version


PUTIN has hailed a new one-dose Sputnik vaccine as he compared it’s reliability to a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

He made the comments during a video conference with deputy Prime Minster Tatyana Golikova, as they launched the Sputnik Light.

Putin has hailed Russia's new Sputnik vaccine as 'reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle'

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Putin has hailed Russia’s new Sputnik vaccine as ‘reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle’Credit: Reuters
The new Sputnik Light version only requires one dose

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The new Sputnik Light version only requires one doseCredit: Reuters

The updated version of the vaccine, which involves just a single use, was officially authorised in Russia on Thursday.

In a press release, its makers said a single dose had demonstrated 79.4% efficacy during the country’s vaccine roll-out.

“The single-dose regiment allows for immunisation of a larger number of people in a shorter time frame, furthering the fight against the pandemic during the acute phase,” the statement said.

The President then added that it was as “reliable as a Kalashnikov’ – referring to the popular Russian assault rifle.

Putin was quoting comments originally made by an Austrian doctor earlier this year about the jabs efficacy.

Initially, critics of the Putin administration were sceptical when the vaccine was given speedy regulatory approval in Moscow last year.

However, late stage trials have found it offers high levels of protection against the virus.

The Sputnik V vaccine works in a similar way to others developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

It uses a cold-type virus, engineered to be harmless, as a carrier to deliver a small fragment of the coronavirus to the body.

The two-dose version of the jab has already been authorised in dozens of other countries around the world.

The state has persistently used the jab’s increasing popularity as a means to “undermine western vaccines.”

Amid a shambolic rollout in the EU, Russia claimed that it’s jab was an ‘alternative,’ having claimed it does not cause rare blood clots – as seen in the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

It has meant that some countries in the EU and around the world have flocked to get their hands on the vaccine, with shortage in supply.

This included Italians, who booked their vaccine appointments in Serbia for Chinese and Russian Covid jabs.

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