‘Are you real?’ Putin quashes rumors of using body double

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020   •   519

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged he was offered the chance to use a body double to make appearances in public for security reasons but said he declined the offer and never used one.

Putin, 67, who has dominated Russian politics for more than two decades, has long been the subject of conspiracy theories in Russia – all of them unsubstantiated – that he uses a body double or even a small army of them.

One of the more elaborate theories compares photographs of Putin over the years, claiming to have identified a number of different individuals posing as him.

But during an interview with TASS news agency aired on Thursday (February 27), Putin was shown a list of popular Internet searches purportedly associated with his name, one of which was entitled “Putin body double evidence.”

Asked “Are you real?” by the interviewer, Putin replied “Yes” before going on to deny that he uses a lookalike for public appearances for his own safety.

But he said he had been offered the opportunity.

“I declined these body doubles. This (the offer) was during the most difficult periods of the fight against terrorism,” Putin said, adding that he was referring to the beginning of the 2000s.

Russia fought a war in the southern Muslim majority region of Chechnya in the early years of Putin’s first term and was frequently targeted in attacks by Islamist militant groups.

Putin said in the same interview that he didn’t use a mobile phone. He had access to a special official phone, he said, that could connect with any number he wanted. (KREMLIN.AU VIA REUTERS CONNECT)

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15K second doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute was delivered to the Philippines on Wednesday.

The 15,000 doses of vaccines arrived past 9 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said the newly delivered doses were Component 2 or the follow-up dose of the initial batch of Sputnik V vaccines that arrived in the country last May 1.

It can be recalled that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines were used in a logistical run to prepare for the arrival of additional doses.

The Food and Drug Administration earlier said that Sputnik V vaccines must be stored at a temperature around -18 degrees Celsius.

Five cities in Metro Manila received the initial batch as they have the cold storage facilities required for the vaccines.

NTF against COVID-19 and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez earlier said that this shipment is part of a 10-million dose agreement between the Philippine government and Gamaleya Research institute that are expected to arrive in the next four months.

Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, maaaring ibigay sa A1-A3 sectors – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lahat ng mga indibidwal na nasa A1 hanggang A3 category ng COVID-19 vaccination plan ng pamahalaan ay kuwalipikadong tumanggap ng bakunang gawa ng Gamaleya Research Institute, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Sa isang online briefing, ipinaliwanag ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na maaaring ibigay sa lahat ng age group ang Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine batay sa indikasyon nito.

Ang A1 ay tumutukoy sa healthcare workers, A2 ay pawing mga senior citizen, habang ang A3 naman ay mga taong may iba pang karamdaman o co-morbidity.

“Ang NITAG po kapag nagbigay ng indikasyon ang FDA through the emergency use authority, yan po ang ina-adopt natin. Hindi tayo nagbabago diyan not unless there are specific na kailangan pag-aralan based on evidence na existing,” ani Vergeire.

Noong Sabado, Mayo 1, dumating sa bansa mula sa Russia ang unang 15,000 doses ng Sputnik V vaccine. Sinasabing 91.6 percent ang efficacy ng bakunang ito.

Tig-3,000 doses ang ibinigay sa limang lungsod sa Metro Manila na kinabibilangan ng Makati, Maynila, Taguig, Parañaque at Muntinlupa.

Una nang sinabi ng DOH na ang limang nabanggit na lungsod muna ang binigyan dahil may storage facility ang mga ito para sa -18 degrees Celsius na requirement ng bakuna.

Ayon kay Vergeire, maaaring simulan ang pagbabakuna gamit ang Sputnik V vaccine sa mga susunod na araw.

Aniya, sa mga natukoy na pasilidad sa Makati Coliseum, Lakeshore Vaccination Hub sa Taguig, at Ayala Mall Manila Bay sa Parañaque isasagawa ang pagbabakuna.

Sa Sta. Ana Hospital at Ospital ng Maynila naman isasagawa ang sa Maynila, at sa Ospital ng Muntinlupa at Asian Hospital and Medical Center sa Muntinlupa.

Tiniyak rin ni Vergeire na inihahanda na ang rational na storage at distribution process sa iba pang lalawigan para sa karagdagan pang doses ng Sputnik V vaccine na inaasahang darating sa bansa ngayong buwan.

“Mayroon naman po tayong mga storage facilities na may mga ganitong kakayanan doon sa mga major regions natin na urbanized katulad ng Davao, ng Cebu, Region 4A, Region 3 and Region. Meron na ho tayong kausap na na logistical firms kung saan they have that capacity to transport these kinds of vaccines,” ang wika ng opisyal.

“We would like that we can see how are we going to manage it properly, to store it properly and to distribute it properly… Titingnan natin ang experience natin diyan at kung mayroon tayong kailangan i-improve, i-improve natin,” dagdag pa niya.

Nitong May 1, nasa 1.93 milyon na ang nabakunahan sa priority sectors sa bansa. Mahigit 284,000 rito ang nakatanggap na ng pangalawang dose. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

First batch of Sputnik V vaccines to be given to 5 Metro Manila cities — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The initial 15,000 doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute will be given to five cities in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The DOH said the vaccines that arrived in the country on May 1 will be deployed to Makati, Manila, Taguig, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa on Monday afternoon.

The said cities will be the first to get the Russian-made vaccines because they have the cold storage facilities required for the vaccines, which need to be stored at -18 degrees Celsius.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the distribution of the first batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines will be the logistical run to prepare for the arrival of 485,000 more doses of the vaccine expected to arrive this month.

Galvez said this shipment is part of a 10-million dose agreement between the Philippine government and Gamaleya Research institute that are expected to arrive in the next four months.

The vaccine czar earlier said that the bulk of COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government from various companies is expected to arrive starting June.

The Philippines has so far received over four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including those from Sinovac Biotech and AstraZeneca under the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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