- Title: Putin ends isolation, offers Erdogan Russian vaccine booster
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: SOCHI, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) (RUSSIAN POOL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN TALKING AFTER MEETING, PUTIN SAYING (Russian) "It happens that I became a test subject (of re-vaccination). 55 people in my inner circle got sick because of late re-vaccination. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) The aide I worked with during the whole day, from morning to evening, got ill. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) I have high antibodies level, thank God. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) (ERDOGAN ASKING: How many antibodies do you have?) I do not remember, they count in many ways, 15 or 16. (PAUSE FOR TRANSLATION) They count them in many ways. But they told me I have a high level. (ERDOGAN SAYING HE HAS OVER 100 ANTIBODIES LEVEL) Well, that is a different counting system. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) My level was high and despite I spent the whole day close to an infected person, I have not got ill. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION, ERDOGAN LAUGHING) So next time you will be getting the boost, first of all (you should do it) on time, and second, 'Sputnik' is better. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION, ERDOGAN ANSWERING THAT HE ALREADY GOT THE BOOST) Well, next time then. (PUTIN WINKING TO ERDOGAN, BOTH LAUGHING, SHAKING HANDS) ERDOGAN WALKING AWAY TO HIS CAR
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 15:48
- Keywords: Erdogan Moscow Putin Sputniv V coronavirus health
- Location: SOCHI, RUSSIA
- City: SOCHI, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Europe,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWRVYO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan to use a Russia-produced vaccine for re-vaccination after talks on Wednesday (September 29).
Putin, who ended his two-week self-isolation, met Erdogan in Sochi for talks.
Earlier in September, the Kremlin press service said that various people in Putin's inner circle got sick with COVID-19.
Putin said his antibodies level was high enough not to get sick after contact with an infected person and suggested that the Turkish President to use the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
Erdogan declined, smiling, saying he had already received his booster shot.
Russia on Wednesday reported 857 new coronavirus-related deaths, the most in a single day since the pandemic began and the second day in a row it has set that record.
The government coronavirus task force also reported 22,430 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
(Production: Dmitry Turlyun)
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