Virologist Volchkov: foreign vaccines will not affect herd immunity in Russia
The recognition of foreign vaccines against COVID-19 in Russia will not affect herd immunity in the country. Such an assessment was given by the head of the laboratory of genomic engineering of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), virologist Pavel Volchkov, his words are quoted by Moscow 24.
Volchkov noted that the recognition of foreign vaccines against coronavirus will be useful to those Russians who live abroad, and come to Russia sometimes.
“Around tens of thousands of people will use foreign vaccines in our entire multimillion country. This will not affect the epidemiological component in any way, “the virologist said.
At the same time, the scientist noted that absolutely all vaccines should not be recognized, but only those whose effectiveness has been proven. Volchkov said that most of the foreign drugs for coronavirus did not pass the 70 percent threshold of effectiveness. The decision on the recognition of foreign vaccines in Russia should be made by the Ministry of Health and Roszdravnadzor on the basis of data from WHO and other experts, the virologist concluded.
Earlier, a member of the Federation Council, Honored Doctor Vladimir Krugly said that the recognition in Russia of foreign vaccines against coronavirus served would be a good signal for Russian drugs to be recognized abroad. This issue does not need politicization, the senator emphasized.