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Vladimir Putin tells Recep Tayyip Erdogan he should use Russia’s Sputnik for his next booster jab


President Vladimir Putin told Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that he should use Russia’s Sputnik for his next booster jab and claimed higher antibody levels as he hosted the Turkish leader for talks.

After three hours of talks at Putin’s residence in the resort town of Sochi, Putin said he had recently spent a full day with an infected aide but had not contracted the coronavirus.

“I have high levels of antibodies, thank God I got lucky,” Putin told Erdogan in his palm-tree residence.

“So next time you get vaccinated again (use Sputnik),” Putin said in remarks broadcast on state television.

Erdogan said he already had a Pfizer booster jab and his antibody level was 1,100.

“Next time again,” replied Putin.

Erdogan didn’t say anything and just laughed.

Earlier this month the 68-year-old Kremlin chief spent two weeks in self-isolation after dozens of cases were detected in his inner circle.

On Wednesday, Russia recorded 857 new coronavirus fatalities, the highest number of coronavirus deaths for the second day running, as infections have been driven by delta versions and slower vaccination rates.

The new figure brought the country’s total deaths from Covid-19 to 206,388 – the highest in Europe.

Officials have been accused of downplaying the severity of the outbreak.

Several Russian vaccines, including Sputnik, have been available for months, but officials have struggled to vaccinate the vaccine-skeptical population.

As of Wednesday, only less than 30 percent of the Russian population had been fully vaccinated, according to the Gogov website, which matches COVID figures from regions.

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