Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Russia’s business and political elites began inoculating the experimental Covid-19 vaccine as early as April. Russian aluminum executives, as well as billionaires and government officials, began inoculating the state-run Gamaleya Institute in April for the new crown vaccine, the report said. Gamaleya’s vaccine completed the first phase of clinical trials last week, but no results have been published.
The first phase of the trial will involve about 40 people, including military personnel, and the next phase of the trial will include more. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who has recovered from a recent infection, said he did not know the identity of any of the inoculators. Asked at a news conference whether Putin had been vaccinated, Peskov replied that it might not be a good idea to use an as-yet-unverified vaccine on the head of state.