Keralites welcome Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine; can’t thank Putin enough in social media

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They also want the Russian President to send some of the vaccine to India, especially Kerala as soon as possible.

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. Indian health experts are cautiously welcoming the news of Russia registering the first COVID-19 vaccine.

However, Keralites have welcomed the announcement with open arms and can’t seem to thank Putin enough on social media. In one of the fan pages of Vladimir Putin, the followers want the Russian President to send the vaccine to India, especially Kerala as soon as possible.

The followers also thanked Putin in one of the fan page in Facebook. Though the Facebook page carries his name, it is not validated.

Keralites did not seem to bother much about it as most of them fondly addressed the Russian president as Puttettan or Puttannan (elder/big brother Putin).

One user requested Putin to send some of the Covid-19 vaccine to India and save the people from cow dung, urine and papad.

Another user said that Putin was using one of Kerala’s traditional breakfast items – puttu (steamed rice cake) in his name. The user requested Putin to send Covid vaccine to Kerala Instead of paying royalty.

One user commented that all households in Kerala will make puttu as breakfast the next morning to congratulate Putin for inventing the vaccine.

Several have used the news to take jibes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians who said COVID can be prevented using papad, cow urine etc.

One user wanted Putin to send Covid vaccine directly to Kerala without the knowledge of PM Modi. He also stated that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will pay for the vaccine.

Several have satirically suggested that Putin should have built a temple instead of spending so much money on research and development.

Another user threatened to ban all Russian mobile phone apps if Putin refused to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to India.

Earlier, Maria Sharapovaâ's Facebook page was inundated with abuse after she admitted of her ignorance of Sachin Tendulkar. The most vociferous of Sharapova detractors seem to be the Malayalis, who attacked her Facebook page with comments in Malayalam.

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