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Putin offers himself up for vax experiment

Putin, who was fully vaccinated this spring, revealed on Sunday he was re-vaccinated with the single-dose Sputnik Light jab. The president added that he was feeling no adverse effects hours after getting the vaccine.

The revelation to the public came as Putin met the deputy director of Sputnik’s developer, Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Denis Logunov. Putin, who’d previously praised the world’s first registered vaccine, the two-component Sputnik V, described the Russian-made coronavirus jabs as “as reliable as the AK-47,” and said he was following the health officials’ recommendations in taking the booster shot.

He then told Logunov that he’s ready to help test another form of Russian Covid-19 medication, which has not yet been released – the intranasal vaccine currently undergoing a clinical trial on volunteers.

When asked whether he was ready to sign the necessary papers for taking part in the trials, Putin said he can “definitely” do this, as soon as later on Sunday.

Nasal Covid-19 vaccines, administered through spray or drops, are at the cutting-edge of medications being developed in the global fight against the pandemic. This form of vaccination is said to offer several advantages over the classic jab: one will not only be spared an injection, but will also receive extra protection of the lungs, the organ most severely hit by coronavirus. Moreover, experts told RT earlier, the nasal vaccine could potentially be even self-administered.

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While the new form of inoculation is still undergoing trials at the Gamaleya Institute, the Sputnik V vaccine is already in use in more than 70 of the world’s countries, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which financed its development. According to data cited by Putin and Logunov on Sunday, over 50 million Russians, and some 120 million people across the world, have been vaccinated with Sputnik V.

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