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Combination of Sputnik V with AstraZeneca to protect from COVID-19 for 2 years — scientist

A combination of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and a preparation by British-Swedish AstraZeneca will protect against the coronavirus infection for two years, Director of the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry Alexander Gintsburg said in an interview with the Russia-24 TV channel on Monday.

“Memory cells will form much better as a result of using such a hybrid two-component vaccine. And the vaccine, quite obviously, will accordingly protect an inoculated individual not for 3-4 months but for at least two years,” he said.

Restrictions due to the coronavirus will possibly be lifted by November 2021, Alexander Gintsburg thinks.

“The epidemiology textbooks say: ‘As soon as we vaccinate 70% of the population, the epidemic process will become manageable with the use of a vaccine, an uncontrolled transmission of this viral strain between people will stop.’

From this moment on, it will be possible to live responsibly in the conditions without these epidemiological restrictions that are currently forced on us by the epidemic situation. I hope this time in our country will come at some point by November of next year,” he said.

Source: TASS