MOSCOW: While researchers and scientists around the world have found significant success in developing effective vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic, they have also warned people of some precautions after taking the anti-COVID sting.
So far the scientists have developed three highly protective spikes with efficiency rates above 90 percent. Pfizer and Moderna in the US, along with the UK project in Oxford, have raised hopes of millions of cures for the deadly virus. Russian scientists have also found success in developing the anti-COVID vaccine ‘Sputnik V’, but they also said the vaccine comes with a warning.
Days before the mass vaccination in their country, the Russian health officials asked the citizens to abstain from alcohol for about two months after taking the anti-Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’. A leading Russian scientist has also warned that drinking alcohol after receiving a coronavirus vaccine can significantly dull the immune response and possibly prevent the vaccine.
“We strongly recommend stopping alcohol for three days after each injection,” Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, which is developing the Sputnik V vaccine, told New Scientist.
This warning applies not only to the Sputnik V vaccine, but to all covid-19 vaccines and indeed to all other vaccines. “This is completely obvious,” he said. Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova also urged the Russians to be extremely cautious during the 42 days necessary for the vaccine against Sputnik V to be effective.
“They will have to not visit crowded places, wear face masks, use healers, minimize contacts and not drink alcohol or eat immunosuppressive drugs,” Golikova told TASS News Agency recently.
Similarly, in an interview with Russian radio station Komsomolskaya Pravda, Anna Popova, the head of the Russian consumer safety watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, also approved Golikova’s warning.
In addition to encouraging people to stop drinking for 42 days after receiving the first of the two injections, she also asked them to abstain from alcohol for at least two weeks before inoculating. “It’s a strain on the body. If we want to stay healthy and have a strong immune response, don’t drink alcohol, ”Popova explained.
But shortly after Popova’s interview, the developer of the Sputnik V vaccine, Alexander Gintsburg, said, “One glass of champagne won’t harm anyone, not even your immune system.” He said in a tweet shared on the vaccine’s official Twitter handle along with a picture of Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio raising a glass of champagne.
– Sputnik V (@sputnikvaccine) December 9, 2020
However, Gintsburg said it was important to avoid alcohol three days before and after the two injections. He added that the advice will apply to all Covid-19 vaccines and not just to the Russian Sputnik V.
The warning apparently did not fail at a vast section of Russians who think the request is “irrational.” Some health experts fear that the extreme recommendation may even discourage people from getting the vaccine.