MOSCOW, February 9 – RIA Novosti. Collective immunity to coronavirus in Russia is already being formed, by the end of summer, 60% of the country's population will have antibodies that appeared during vaccination and after illness, while the weakening of the mask regime can be expected by the summer, infectious disease doctor Yevgeny Timakov told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, Senator, Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation Vladimir Krugly said that at the current rate of vaccination against coronavirus, Russia will need seven years to create herd immunity, only more active immunization can turn the tide. “Herd immunity will most likely be achieved by the end of summer, by autumn together – and vaccination, and the fact that people have been ill “- said Timakov.
He clarified that herd immunity implies the presence of antibodies to coronavirus in 60% of the adult population.
At the same time, this year, a greater contribution to the formation of herd immunity will be due to those who have been ill, and in the subsequent – due to vaccination, Timakov explained.
According to him, in Moscow, for example, 50% are already immune to coronavirus, respectively, only 10% need to be vaccinated, but a much larger number of people will be vaccinated by the fall.
“We see that there is a stabilization of the process and a decrease in the growth of morbidity, this suggests that collective immunity is already being formed … I hope that the weakening of the mask regime will be by the summer,” Timakov emphasized.