Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine soon, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. Russian scientists have developed the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine and Putin had earlier backed the drug for mass use in his country, following which vaccination drive in Moscow began this month. Peskov, while speaking to state-owned Russia 1 TV, said that Putin has decided to take the vaccine and is waiting for the formalities to be completed. 

Putin had given a green light to the Sputnik V vaccine back in August, making it the first vaccine in the world to get government approval. While approving the vaccine earlier this year, Putin had claimed that even his daughter received a trial shot of the vaccine, which experts said was probably to build confidence regarding the safety of the drug. Many questions were raised by the international community regarding the safety of Sputnik V due to the lack of trial data provided by Russia.