More than half of Russian doctors are not ready to get the country’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, an online survey has found.

Western health officials questioned the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, highly touted by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

The study found that 52% of the 3,040 healthcare workers surveyed said they would not take the new vaccine, while only 24.5% said they would take it.

66% of the medics who said they would not get vaccinated cited insufficient data proving its effectiveness.

The vaccine is based on the adenovirus, or the common cold, and distributed in two doses. The Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology has said that it confers two years of immunity to Covid-19.

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