Russia, after confusion, says revaccination against coronavirus is possible

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Russia, after confusion, says revaccination against coronavirus is possible


Russian health officials mentionned Tuesday this revaccination with one of the Coronavirus vaccines produced in the country after receiving the country’s Sputnik V vaccine are possible, clarifying previous remarks suggesting that the antibodies could destroy future components of the vaccine.
Natalia Pshenichnaya, senior epidemiologist at the national consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, said earlier today that the long-term effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine could render future booster doses obsolete.
“If you vaccinate with the same vaccine of the same composition, then its components could be destroyed by the antibodies that are stored in our body,” she said.
In a subsequent statement on Rospotrebnadzor’s website, Pshenichnaya said his comments were “misinterpreted”.

“What we wanted to say is that revaccination with the EpiVacCorona and KoviVak vaccines is possible after 1 to 2 years of vaccination. [with Sputnik V]She said, referring to the other two Russian-made jabs.

The confusion surrounding revaccination comes amid Russia’s already slow vaccination campaign, with around 4 million out of 146 million Russians having received both doses within two months of the start of the deployment.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to receive one of Russia’s Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday – albeit out of public view – in hopes of overturning Russians’ skepticism of the vaccines.

A recent independent poll showed that nearly two-thirds of Russian respondents called Covid-19 an artificial biological weapon and less than a third were ready to be vaccinated.

A peer-reviewed study published last month rated the effectiveness of Sputnik V at 91.6%. To date, more than 50 countries have approved Sputnik V.

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