The Washington Post
Putin inhales new coronavirus vaccine
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.