Putin Confirms Taking COVID-19 Nasal Vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed he had taken an experimental nasal vaccine against the coronavirus on Wednesday, three days after his booster shot.

“That was all—I didn’t feel anything. Nothing. Today, after these two procedures, I already did some sport in the morning,” Putin said

Earlier, Putin was vaccinated with Sputnik V, Russia’s domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine. 

On Sunday, he said he received a booster shot of Sputnik Light, the one-dose version of the jab, and on Wednesday, took part in testing the nasal version of Sputnik V.

In recent weeks, Russia has been swept by its highest ever COVID-19 surge, with record-high numbers of new infections and deaths.

Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported 33,558 new infections on Wednesday and 1,240 deaths. 

In total, the task force has reported over 9.4 million confirmed infections and more than 267,000 COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest death toll in Europe. 

The immunization drive in Russia was hampered by widespread vaccine hesitancy, with a poll showing 45% of Russians did not want to get domestically developed shots.

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