In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus on children, Russian authorities have tested a nasal spray form of its COVID-19 vaccine for children from the age of 8-12, as they plan to launch the new product in September. This was announced today by Alexander Gintsburg; the scientist who heads Gamaleya Institute – the institute that developed the Sputnik V vaccine.
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Gintsburg said the children’s spray used the same vaccine that “the nozzle is attached only instead of the needle..” Gintsburg was quoted as saying during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin that the children’s shot is expected to be ready for distribution by September 15.
According to a report by the TASS news agency, Gintsburg revealed in comments that the research group tested the 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,” Gintsburg said, without giving further details about the study such as how many children were involved.
As of today, June 12, 2021, Russia confirmed 13,510 new coronavirus cases.