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Russia is testing COVID-19 vaccine as nasal spray for children – agencies

By on June 12, 2021 0

Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, shows vials of Sputnik-V vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia, on 24 September 2020. (Archive photo by REUTERS)

MOSCOW – Russia has tested a nasal spray form of its COVID-19 vaccine that is suitable for children aged 8 to 12, and plans to launch the new product in September, the scientist who led vaccine development said on Saturday. Sputnik V.

Alexander Gintsburg, who heads the Gamaleya Institute which developed Sputnik V, said the children’s spray used the same vaccine “only instead of a needle, a nozzle is put in,” the news agency reported TASS.

The children’s photo should be ready for distribution by September 15, Gintsburg said in a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

The research group tested the vaccine on children between the ages of eight and 12 and found no side effects among the test group, including any increase in body temperature, Gintsburg said in comments reported by the TASS news agency.

“We inoculate our little ones (patients) nasally, we just give the same vaccine as a nasal spray,” Gintsburg said, without giving more details about the study, such as the number of children involved.

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