Russian leader Vladimir Putin seems to be genuinely concerned about the dangers of COVID-19 — he’s made the choice to go into self-isolation to protect himself from contracting the disease. This news comes almost immediately after he said that doing so might be a possible future precaution.
The Associated Press reports that the official word from the Russian government is that Putin himself tested negative, and is self-isolating because others in his inner circle have contracted the virus. An official specifically stated that Putin had come into contact with someone who tested positive, but had tested negative himself, and is “absolutely healthy.”
Putin is fully vaccinated against the virus, with Russia’s Sputnik V, which, like other COVID-19 vaccines (and other vaccines in general) is not 100% failsafe, but offers protection against both contracting the virus and suffering its worst effects.
Science reported last month that the Sputnik V vaccine is providing effective protection against the Delta variant, reducing the risk of hospitalization by 81%, and of severe lung injury by about 76%, for patients who were fully vaccinated two weeks or more before infection. This is somewhat lower protection than the mRNA vaccines currently in use in the United States, but still a significant level of protection against a virus that is leaving many victims with long-term health effects.
CNN reported in March that the Kremlin had released a statement saying Putin had been vaccinated, though he did so behind closed doors, unlike many political figures who wanted to assure their constituents of the safety of vaccination.
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