Putin's "intranasal vaccination" doesn't pass the smell test
Russia's president can't remember what he put up his nose!
Probably you heard how Vladimir Putin was “among the first people to have been given Russia’s new pioneering Covid-19 vaccine, administered through the nose without a needle, as part of his re-immunization.”
What you probably didn’t hear though is Putin told a detailed story about how he received this magic nose serum in the form of a powder. This is a very strange thing to say because the virus-killing powder he allegedly shoved up his nose is actually a liquid.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s set the scene.
On November 24, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin asked Putin if it was true the president had volunteered to take part in a trial for a COVID vax administered via the nose-hole.
According to an official Kremlin transcript of their conversation, Putin responded in the affirmative:
[E]xactly six months after vaccination, my protective titers dropped, and the experts recommended a revaccination procedure, which I did a few days ago. First, he did it in the form of an injection, and the next day, after talking with [the deputy director of Gamaleya Center] Denis Logunov, he himself, by the way, did the second part of this procedure for me, namely [sprayed] this nasal powder.
So what is it? It's just a syringe too, but instead of a liquid substance, he put in powder, asked me to breathe deeply and on the count of three, squirted one side, then on the other side, then I sat for 15 minutes—and that was it. To be honest, I didn't feel anything, nothing. I just sat there for 15 minutes and left.
Not only does Putin claim the drug was in powder-form, he also stresses—just to make it 100% clear—that it was not a “liquid substance”.
Later that same day, his spokesman issued a minor “clarification”:
MOSCOW, November 24. / TASS /. Russian President Vladimir Putin tested a nasal vaccine against coronavirus in the form of a liquid, said the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.
“The President meant that we are talking about a liquid. This is a nasal vaccine, in the tests of which he took part,” the spokesman said.
WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?
Someone, please. Help us understand.
It would be one thing if Putin mentioned the “powder” once, in passing. It would still be pretty weird but the most logical explanation would be that he simply misspoke.
Putin mentions the non-existent “powder” twice. Then he specifically says the drug was not a liquid substance.
Then, on the same day, his press secretary rushes out a statement clarifying Putin “meant” to say a “liquid” was squirted up his nose, because the nasal spray Putin definitely took is a liquid—and not a powder.
Putin doesn’t know what he put up his own nose.
Maybe he just puts so much stuff up his nose all the time that he got confused and told the wrong nose-related story?
Or maybe having vivid powder hallucinations is a Sputnik liquid nose spray side-effect? Yes.
Have a nice Saturday.