Boomer Banter: Putin and Erdogan Compare Antibody Levels
The New Normals' smalltalk
Editor’s note: If you thought the weather smalltalk was laborious and cringe get ready for the Brave New World take on it; the antibodies smalltalk.
Vladimir Putin broke two weeks of self-isolation to meet Recep Tayyip Erdogan in person Wednesday, but the Turkish leader seemed unimpressed with the Russian president’s immunity to Covid-19, and his offer of a locally made booster shot.
Just a causal chat between Erdogan and Putin
Erdogan: What’s your antibody level?
Erdogan: It is too low
Putin: Our calculations are different. You should get Sputnik V to strengthen your immunity
Erdogan; I have received my third shot
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) September 29, 2021
“It’s very low,” was Erdogan’s response after Putin reported his antibody level (“around 15 or 16”), according to video broadcast on Russian state TV. Putin was describing the outbreak among dozens of his staff earlier this month that led him to shift from in-person meetings to videoconferences.
“My antibody level, for example, is above 1,000,” Erdogan told him.
Putin brushed off the gap as a matter of different scales of measurement. “Specialists told me mine was high,” he said. “I spent a whole day with an infected person and didn’t get sick.” [Was that in “self-isolation”?]
“So if you’re going to get re-vaccinated, do it with Sputnik V,” Putin said, referring to the Russian-made shot that he received earlier this year.
“I took BioNTech for that,” Erdogan demurred, referring to the shot produced by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. Turkey approved Sputnik V for use in April, but has used very little as Russia hasn’t delivered enough doses of the second shot, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said in August.
“Next time, then,” Putin said, before shaking Erdogan’s hand and sending him on his way.
Putin broke 2 weeks of self-isolation to meet in person with Erdogan, who seemed unimpressed with the Russian president’s self-proclaimed antibody level.
“It’s very low,” Turkey's leader said. “My antibody level, for example, is above 1,000.” https://t.co/cr5DYND64N
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) September 29, 2021