Vladimir Putin Wants to Offer Paid Covid-19 Vaccinations for Foreigners – President Vladimir Putin said Russia would likely offer paid Covid-19 vaccinations for foreigners traveling to Russia.
President Vladimir Putin, speaking at an event at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday, appeared to be seeking to boost his global reputation with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. At the forum, Putin indicated that Russia is ready to open borders for foreign nationals who wish to receive Russia’s coronavirus vaccine.
Putin said many people came to Russia for the opportunity. “I ask the government to study this matter in full by the end of the month, to set conditions for foreign nationals to get vaccinated in our country for a fee,” he said without giving further details.
Vladimir Putin Wants to Offer Paid Covid-19 Vaccinations for Foreigners
Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine has been approved by 66 countries and is being reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Approval by the EMA is required for use in the European Union.
The rate of vaccination in Russia is slower than in many developed countries. The health minister said last week about 17 million of Russia’s 144 million people had received at least one dose.
Those attending the conference are required to undergo a coronavirus test and wear masks and gloves. Russia declared the meeting the Russian version of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Many other major global events have been canceled or moved online amid the pandemic.
Attended by several thousand people, the SPIEF was meant to attract foreign investment to Russia, but has had less activity this year.
Rosneft, Russia’s top oil company, skipped its usual booth, and its CEO, Igor Sechin, decided not to run a public panel on global oil markets as he usually does.
Sechin, wearing a mask and gloves, told Reuters to be “cautious” when approached. The former CEOs and current CEOs of BP Plc, Bob Dudley and Bernard Looney, were also present wearing masks. BP holds a 19.75% stake in Rosneft.
On the occasion, Vladimir Putin also announced the completion of the first series of Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines and presented a new package of actions aimed at supporting communities and businesses, which includes steps to extend the low-interest mortgage program and launch a new lending mechanism for businesses, according to the TASS report.
“We are pleased that Russia is hosting the first global business event after a long hiatus, where members of the global business community can communicate with each other, not only using advanced telecommunications technology but also face-to-face,” said Vladimir Putin.
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing the Covid-19 disease, according to peer-reviewed results of a late-stage clinical trial published in the international medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday.
Scientists say the results of Phase III trials mean the world has another effective weapon against the deadly pandemic, and to some extent Moscow’s decision to launch a vaccine before final data is released was the right one.
The results, compiled by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow which developed and tested the vaccine, are in line with efficacy data reported at an early stage of the trial, which has been running in Moscow since September 2020