In an interview yesterday, the head of the Gamaleya Research Center in Russia, Aleksandr Gintsburg, told the Rossiya-24 TV channel that the combination of Russian Sputnik V and British-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccines will protect against coronavirus for two years.
“Memory cells will form much better as a result of using such a two-component vaccine, and the vaccine will quite clearly protect a vaccinated person for at least two years, not 3-4 months,” said Head of the Gamaleya Research Center.
According to Gintsburg, the combination of vaccines will also allow to raise the level of immunity that will occur as a result of the vaccine administration.
Previously, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Gamaleya National Research Center, R-Pharm and AstraZeneca had signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of vaccine development against coronavirus.
In addition, Gintsburg thinks that restrictions can be lifted in Russia by November 2021 due to the coronavirus. Citing epidemiology textbooks in his statement, Gintsburg said that if 70 percent of the population is vaccinated, the epidemic process will become manageable and the uncontrolled transmission of the virus between people will stop.
According to Gintsburg, the only way to prevent the disease is to be vaccinated. The Russian scientist predicts that the disease will be brought under control in November next year, based on the vaccine’s production volume.