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After coronavirus vaccination, Russians warned to curb alcohol intake for 2 months
ByHarshal 12 Dec 2020 07:48 AM 67

Russian citizens have been instructed to avoid alcohol intake for two months after taking vaccine Sputnik V.

Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova Talked to the media and said that vaccination will take 42 days and citizens need to avoid alcohol and immunosuppressant drugs while following mitigation measures to avoid infection.

Generally speaking, excessive drinking after vaccination can weaken the immune system.

According to a research paper published, “Clinicians have long observed an association between excessive alcohol consumption and adverse immune-related health effects such as susceptibility to pneumonia.”

From the three-year averages from the 2018 WHO report, Russia has dropped its average alcohol consumption rate per person from over 15 liters (about 4 gallons) around 2010 to 11.7 liters (about 3 gallons) in 2016.

As per WHO report, "heavy episodic drinking among drinkers is very high (≥ 60% of current drinkers) in the Russian Federation," and heavy drinking most often results in liver cirrhosis, traffic-related injuries, and, though less frequently, cancer.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin executed orders to launch a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign, prioritizing doctors, teachers, and other essential workers. Russia has said 100,000 people have already been vaccinated, though the vaccine has been widely criticized because it was approved over the summer after being tested on only a few dozen people.

Last month, vaccine developers showed that their vaccine was 91.4% effective. The conclusion was based on 39 infections among 18,794 study participants that received both doses of either the vaccine or a placebo, which is a much lower number of infections than Western drugmakers have looked at when assessing the effectiveness of their vaccines.

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