Putin names economy advisor as Russia's first deputy PM: Kremlin
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday named Andrei Belousov, his economy advisor since 2013, as Russia's first deputy prime minister, replacing Anton Siluanov who had held the role since May 2018.
On Tuesday, Putin announced on state television that Russia had approved a COVID-19 vaccine. “I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity.” Putin However, without basic peer reviewing of the vaccine, many wonder how safe the science is. Putin said the vaccine, not-so-subtly named “Sputnik V", has "passed all the necessary tests.” Putin has also claimed his own daughter has taken it‚ which is how all human trials start.
The US medical community has rejected Trump's belief that a vaccine could be ready by Election Day. There are 25 vaccines currently in clinical trials and more than 100 more in development. But this is not the space race, it's a worldwide pandemic and Putin is trying to claim victory. Critics say the country's push for a vaccine is partly due to political pressure from the Kremlin. CNN reports Putin and his team are keen to portray Russia as a global scientific force.
Sputnik/Alexey Nikolskiy/Kremlin via REUTERS Business Insider On paper, Vladimir Putin would be replaced by Mikhail Mishustin as president of Russia if Putin dies or leaves office. But Mishustin is an obscure former tax official with no power base inside the Russian state. That illustrates Putin's true dilemma: He can never fully relinquish control. Intelligence and state security sources told Insider why they believe Putin can never retire. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is protected from the coronavirus by special disinfection tunnels that anyone visiting his residence outside Moscow or meeting him in the Kremlin must pass through, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Soraya Ali reports.