Russia Reportedly Tests COVID-19 Vaccine As Nasal Spray For Children Aged 8-12

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Russia reportedly tested the COVID-19 vaccine as a nasal spray for children aged 8-12

Russia had reportedly tested the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as a nasal spray for children aged 8-12 years old.

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On Saturday, the scientist who led the development of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine said that Russia had tested a nasal spray form of its COVID-19 vaccine that was suitable for children aged 8-12 years old and also planned to launch the new product in September this year.

The TASS news agency reported that Alexander Gintsburg, who headed the Gamaleya Research Institute that developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, said that the spray for children used the same COVID-19 vaccine “only instead of a needle, a nozzle is put on”.

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The children’s shot was expected to be ready for distribution by September 15, Gintsburg was quoted as saying during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Based on a report, Gintsburg said that the research group had tested the said vaccine on children aged between eight and 12 and found no side effects among the test group — including no increase in body temperature.

We are inoculating our little (patients) nasally, we are just administering the same vaccine as a nasal spray,” said Gintsburg, without giving further details about the study — including the number of children involved in the said study.

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