The vaccine protects against COVID-19, even if there are few antibodies. This was stated by Sumiya Swaminathan, Senior Researcher at the World Health Organization.
“Yes. And also with regard to natural infections. Studies are now being conducted in which people are observed up to a year after infection, and about 85-90% of them are protected from re-infection, ”she answered the question about protecting vaccinated people from COVID-19 with a small amount of antibodies.
The WHO official also added that the presence of antibodies is not a guarantee of protection against disease, so a test to determine their level may give a false impression.
“Your immune system is quite complex. Therefore, we do not recommend people to be tested, and we do not recommend healthy people to receive additional doses of vaccines or new vaccines, because there is insufficient data on the safety of multiple doses of vaccines, ”she said in an interview. “RIA News”published on October 12th.
A day earlier, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the difficult situation with coronavirus in Russia is due to the low level of vaccination of the population. He noted that in the regions they are beginning to take more stringent measures than in Moscow, but the main task remains to act in the middle between the task of stopping the epidemic and the continuation of the economy.
On October 10, Sumya Swaminathan announced that it is too early to make predictions about the timing of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, as new unforeseen difficulties may still be encountered ahead.
According to her, new variants of coronavirus strains may appear. At the same time, the expert emphasized that the vaccination rate of 70-80% contributes to the improvement of the epidemiological situation.
On August 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin called vaccination the best tool to defeat the pandemic. He also pointed out the need for advocacy on vaccination. According to him, it is necessary to educate the population about the benefits of vaccinations and talk about the consequences of a severe course of the disease.
A large-scale vaccination has been taking place in the Russian Federation since January. Citizens are vaccinated free of charge and voluntarily. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, which became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites stopcoronavirus.rf and access to all.rf, as well as the hashtag #WeWe areTogether. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.