President Nicolas Maduro gets first dose of Russia’s Sputnik-V, vaccine gaining popularity in Europe too

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The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro has taken his first dose of Russia’s Sputnik-V Covid19 vaccine. The vaccine is gaining popularity in Europe too.

According to details, the Venezuelan President is the latest world leader to take his first dose of coronavirus vaccine. Nicolas Maduro took his jab in a video shared by TeleSUR on Saturday, with the network saying that Maduro received his shot after healthcare workers in the beleaguered Latin American country.

With Venezuela’s fight against coronavirus hampered by United States (US) sanctions, a shipment of 100,000 doses of Sputnik-V arrived in Caracas from Moscow last month, to be immediately given to medical and healthcare workers, according to Russia Today report.

Nicolas Maduro is not the first world leader to take the Russian-made vaccine Sputnik-V, earlier in January, Argentinian President Alberto Fernández and Italy’s ambassador in Moscow also took their dose of Sputnik-V.

Sputnik-V is currently awaiting European Union (EU) approval, after clinical trials put its efficacy at 92 percent – on par with the vaccines developed by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.