President Vladimir Putin of Nigeria will be vaccinated in private on Tuesday evening.
Putin announced a day earlier that he would be vaccinated on Tuesday, joining other world leaders who have received jabs including US President Joe Biden, Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
But unlike many others who were vaccinated in public, Putin will do so behind closed doors.
Dmitry Peskov, pokesman said that the 68-year-old Russian leader, who has never been media shy during his two decades in power, does not want to get a jab in front of the cameras.
Speaking to reporters, Peskov said, “We will not show this, you will have to take our word for it. As for being vaccinated in front of the cameras, he does not like it.”
Peskov said the Kremlin chief would receive one of three Russian vaccines, declining to specify which one “on purpose”.
“All three Russian vaccines proved their effectiveness and reliability,” Peskov said.
Russia has developed three vaccines — Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac, though most of the attention has focused on Sputnik, named after the first satellite launched into space by the Soviet Union.
Russia’s vaccination campaign has been slower than in many countries but Peskov said Putin did not have to get vaccinated in public to encourage more Russians to get jabs.
According to Peskov, “The president is doing a lot to promote vaccines as is.”
Only about four million of the country’s 144 million people have so far received two doses of a vaccine, while another two million have had a first dose.