‘No alcohol for 2 months’ after covid vaccine, Russian official advises

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Russian authorities have advised citizens to avoid drinking for two months after receiving the Sputnik V vaccine, the New York Post reported.

People will need to take extra precautions for the 42 days it takes for the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to become effective, the New York Post said, citing Tatiana Golikova, Russia’s deputy prime minister.

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“Russians will have to refrain from visiting crowded places, wear face masks, use disinfectants, minimize contact and refrain from drinking alcohol or taking immunosuppressive drugs,” Golikova said in a statement. interview with the TASS news agency.

Anna Popova, head of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s consumer safety watchdog, recommended avoiding alcohol.

“It’s a strain on the body. If we want to stay healthy and have a strong immune response, don’t drink alcohol,” Popova said.

According to the World Health Organization, Russia is the fourth largest consumer of alcohol per person in the world. The average Russian consumes 15.1 liters of alcohol per year.

According to Russian health authorities, the country estimates that 100,000 people have already been vaccinated. Russia rolled out its vaccination last weekend in Moscow.

Health officials say the Sputnik V vaccine is over 90% effective, but reports indicate that medical workers who took the vaccine have caught COVID-19. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly refused to accept it, the New York Post added.

Western experts have expressed skepticism about the speed at which the alleged vaccine has been developed and Russia has provided no data to back up its claims about the vaccine.

Russia has recorded the fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, more than 2.5 million, with 44,220 deaths from the virus, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reported.

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