The eastern Chinese megalopolis of Shanghai has become the first city in the country to offer a COVID-19 vaccine that is inhaled rather than injected, for now only as a booster dose for adults who already have an initial regimen with conventional sera.

According to the state newspaper China Daily, the new vaccine is in the form of an aerosol inside a container similar to a glass: to receive it, you must suck it in, hold your breath for about five seconds and then exhale slowly.

The process takes about fifteen seconds in total, and one of the first to try it described it as “painless and simple”, also qualifying that the taste of the spray is “a little sweet”.

The vaccine is an aerosol version of the anti-Covid serum developed by the company CanSino Biologics, and was approved by the country’s regulators in early September.

At the moment, this new solution is available in some 25 vaccination centers in the city, with around 24.9 million inhabitants.

China Daily points out that aerosolized vaccines could become important in the global fight against the pandemic due to their ability to stimulate an immune response on the mucosal surfaces through which viruses enter the body.

According to CanSino Biologics, a booster dose of its aerosolized vaccine is capable of eliciting an even stronger antibody response than its traditionally injected solution.

With information from EFE.



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