Mar 6, 2021 - World

Maduro receives first dose of Russian vaccine

Picture of Russian vaccine vial in front of a Venezuelan flag

Photo: Matias Delacroix/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores on Saturday received their first dose of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

Details: Both Maduro, 58, and Flores, 64, said they felt fine after receiving the vaccine. They must get their second doses in 21 days.

  • A peer-reviewed analysis of a large clinical trial published in the medical journal the Lancet found the Russian vaccine to be 92% effective.

What's next: Maduro said that Venezuela will start vaccinating its population with China's Sinopharm vaccine on Monday.

  • The country received 500,000 doses last week and will get another 10 million doses in April.

By the numbers: Venezuela has reported 141,356 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • But, but, but: "Many opposition politicians and medical personnel question those statistics, arguing the true toll is likely far higher due to a lack of testing," Reuters writes.
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