Octuple-COVID-19-vaccinated politician dies from COVID-19 at 75

On September 2 of 2020, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) of Russia, received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine - as a participant of Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V) clinical trials. 3 weeks later he got the second dose with no side effects. 

Sputnik V (Спутник V) is an adenovirus viral vector vaccine for COVID-19 developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia. It is the world's first registered combination vector vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, having been registered on 11 August 2020 by the Russian Ministry of HealthGam-COVID-Vac was initially approved for distribution in Russia and then in at least 59 other countries on the preliminary results of Phase III studies eventually published on 4 September 2020. Both doses of Sputnik V contain non-replicating viral vectors. The first component uses adenovirus type 26 (AD26), and the second — which a person receives 21 days later — contains adenovirus type 5 (AD5). 

Several of the presently approved vaccines against SARS-Coronavirus-2 (AstraZeneca/Oxford University, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, and Sputnik V) are based on adenovirus DNA vectors as carriers for the genetic information for the SARS-COV-2 spike glycoprotein.

Since antibody titers decline 3-month post-vaccination, In December 2020, Zhirinovsky received Sputnik Light, essentially the 3rd booster dose of the Sputnik V vaccine. The Sputnik Light vaccine is made from Ad26, which is the first part of the Sputnik V vaccine. Sputnik Light is authorized for use in Russia as a single-dose vaccine. Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is also based on human adenovirus serotype number 26 (rAd26)

Zhirinovsky received the 4th dose in form of a nasal spray - then experimental but recently authorized for use by Russian Department of Health. 

7 months later, Zhirinovsky received the 5th and later the 6th doses of another COVID-19 vaccine - CoviVac (КовиВак) developed by the Chumakov Center. 4 months after that, in December 2021, he received his 7th and 8th doses of the same CoviVac vaccine.  

CoviVac is an inactivated virus-based COVID-19 vaccine. It was developed with a more traditional technology similar to the inactivated polio vaccine, Hepatitis A and rabies. Initially, a sample of SARS-CoV-2 strain AYDAR-1 (GISAID EPI_ISL_428851) was isolated from a nasopharyngeal swab sample of a COVID-19 patient, replcated (vero cell), deactivated and mixed with an aluminium-based adjuvant.

Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Bharat Biotech developed their COVID-19 vaccines using similar inactivated vaccines technology. 

On February 2, 2022, a little over a month after receiving his 8-th dose of Coronavirus vaccine, Zhirinovsky was hospitalized in critical condition with COVID-19. On February 9th, he was placed on ventilator in a medically induced coma. In March, he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 complications such as sepsis and respiratory failure. 

Today, on April 6th, 2022, state Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin announced that Zhirinovsky died after "a serious and prolonged illness."


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Жириновский, Владимир Вольфович — Википедия (wikipedia.org)

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