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India’s ambassador to Russia receives Sputnik V shot, says no side effects

The envoy revealed that many of his colleagues got the jab too

MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. Indian Ambassador to Moscow Bala Venkatesh Varma said that he received the first dose of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and feels well.

"I am very happy to tell you that I have already taken the first shot of the Sputnik V vaccine, [it was] last week. I feel very well, there are no side effects. Many of my colleagues also have taken the vaccine and many are going to do so," the ambassador said.

On January 18, Italian Ambassador to Moscow Pasquale Terracciano said he had received Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus jab and had not suffered any side effects.

The World Health Organization’s representative to Russia, Melita Vujnovic said that she also plans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Russia.

On August 11, Russia registered the world’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Health Ministry. It is a vector vaccine based on the human adenovirus.