Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, revealed that he took an experimental nasal drug to protect himself against a novel virus.
Skvortsova, speaking at the Red Star government district meeting in the central Russia city of Ulan-Ude, reportedly asked Putin whether he had ever taken any anti-viral drugs or medication to protect himself against a novel virus.
“Of course, I have. At the start of [my campaign for presidency], I remember, I took flu treatment from the International Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wall Street Journal reports.”
In December 2017, a new viral virus was discovered in Estonia and Lithuania. The World Health Organization declared the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, calling it “an emerging disease that is causing deaths and, very likely, many cases are unknown.” The name of the new virus was Avian flu A (H5N1), and it is believed to have been transmitted between migratory birds.
The concern was heightened by the fact that the virus was first identified in birds, in an area with close proximity to migratory humans. Although it had first been thought that the virus killed birds, new scientific studies have suggested it may kill people. Preliminary tests have suggested that the virus cannot live in humans.