Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that received an experimental nasal vaccine against coronavirus three days after receiving your booster injection. Russia faces the highest spike in contagion and deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Putin received the locally made Sputnik V vaccine in the middle of the year. On Sunday he said that he received a booster dose of Sputnik Light and that he wanted to participate in the tests of Sputnik V in its nasal version.
Denis Logunov, deputy director of the Gamaleya Center, which has state funding and created Sputnik V, told Putin that the nasal vaccine is in the testing stage and is being studied “as always, with the staff members, supervising.”
In accordance with accepted scientific protocols, the vaccine must go through several stages of testing, even with thousands of people, to show that it is safe and effective.
Putin told a government meeting yesterday that “exactly six months after vaccination my levels of protective (antibodies) have dropped and specialists recommend revaccination, and I did.” He said the nasal vaccine did not bother him.
In recent weeks Russia has suffered the highest peak of COVID-19, registering new records of contagion and death almost daily. Vaccination rates are low and the public’s attitude towards precautions is sloppy. Less than 40% of the 140 million Russians are fully vaccinated even though the country approved a locally produced vaccine months earlier than most of the rest of the world.