Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores have received their first dose of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Venezuelan state television reported on Saturday (Mar 6), while the country received a second shipment of the vaccine.
Images of both Maduro and Flores receiving their doses were broadcast on state television. Maduro said he felt "fine" after receiving the injection.
"Across the world the studies say that the Russian vaccine is a great vaccine to generate immunity," Maduro said. "We will guarantee all vaccines for the people of Venezuela."
Later on Saturday, Venezuela's Health Ministry said the second batch of 100,000 Sputnik V doses had arrived from Moscow via a flight operated by state airline Conviasa.
Felicitamos al Presidente de #Venezuela @NicolasMaduro por colocar la primera dosis de la vacuna #SputnikV como parte del plan de vacunaciÃ³n de este paÃs!— CancillerÃa Rusia (@mae_rusia) March 6, 2021
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