Embassies and missions of all countries and international organizations have been sent invitations to take part in the vaccination campaign, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“The practice of inviting the diplomatic corps to be vaccinated against coronavirus infection is widespread in many states,” the ministry’s statement was quoted by TASS. “The Russian Foreign Ministry is no exception. Since we are talking about a rapidly spreading disease that poses a threat to all categories of citizens, invitations to take part in the vaccination campaign were sent to all embassies and representations of international organizations accredited in the Russian Federation."
Vaccinations for diplomats are free of charge. The Sputnik V vaccine has already been approved in more than 25 countries of the world, including the countries of the CIS, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Many diplomats from these countries accepted the proposal of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Some diplomats from European countries were also vaccinated with Sputnik V, for example, the Italian ambassador to the Russian Federation, Pasquale Terracciano.
At the same time, the US Ambassador to the Russian Federation, John Sullivan, refused the vaccination, saying that he would not want to be treated with a dose of the medicine that is intended for Russian citizens.