The Washington Post

Putin inhales new coronaviru­s vaccine

- — Robyn Dixon

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the testing of a new internasal form of Russia’s Sputnik V coronaviru­s vaccine, several days after getting a booster shot following a fall in his antibody levels, he told cabinet officials Wednesday.

Putin said he decided to take the nasal powder after meeting Sunday with Denis Logunov, deputy director of the research center that developed Sputnik, Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiolo­gy and Microbiolo­gy.

Unlike some world leaders, Putin prefers not to be filmed or photograph­ed getting his vaccine shots, and the administer­ing of the nasal spray also was not filmed or photograph­ed. But Sunday’s meeting appeared to be an effort to boost Russia’s flagging vaccinatio­n levels, with the country in the midst of a crippling fourth pandemic wave.

Russia plans to market the nasal Sputnik V spray next year, officials said.

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