On the day the Australian Open kicked off, the Australian government announced that it had recognized the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, to which Russian tennis player Natalia Vihljantseva reacted ironically, having to cancel her performance at the first Grand Slam because the Russian vaccine had not been verified before. in that country.
The news of the decision of the Government of Australia was announced by Kiril Dimitriev, Executive Director of the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
“Australia has joined the hundreds of countries accepting travelers who have been vaccinated with Sputnik V, one of the safest and most effective vaccines against the coronavirus, including the omicron strain,” Dimitriev said.
On that occasion, Vihljanceva announced that she had to give up her performance at the Australian Open because the Russian vaccine was not recognized at that time.
“I have great news for you! As you may already know, Sputnik V has been accepted by the Australian authorities. “Better ever than never,” said Vihljanceva.
Ukrainian tennis player Ilya Marchenko also reacted to that.
“Someone seems to be joking with you,” Marchenko said.
Journalist Sam Street also commented.
“Australia accepted the Sputnik V vaccine just one day after the start of the Australian Open. “All tennis players who received the vaccine were previously barred from playing,” Street said.
Australia has accepted the Sputnik vaccine just one day after the start of the Australian Open.
All tennis players who received it were banned. https://t.co/JItjNtt7th
– Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) January 17, 2022