ATHENS, 6 Mar – RIA Novosti. US chief infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci praised Russia's Sputnik V COVID vaccine.
Fauci, an adviser to US President Joe Biden, said in an interview with the Greek TV channel Skai that the data on Sputnik was good.
The journalist asked Fauci if he would have been vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik or the Chinese vaccine. “The data I know about Sputnik is good enough. I don’t have enough information about the Chinese vaccine because they have two or three different vaccines. So I didn’t follow their effectiveness closely, but the Russian data looks good,” – answered Fauci, whom the channel calls the leading scientist in the United States.
Fauci also said he was not worried about talking about potential side effects of the vaccines. “My concern is minimal. I say this because tests conducted in the US with Pfizer and Moderna M-RNA vaccines have shown 94 to 95% efficacy and minimal reactivity. After the first dose, there is some pain in the arm that lasts about 24 hours. In the second dose, the reactivity is higher. Appears after 21 days for Pfizer and 28 for Moderna. After the second dose, symptoms of fatigue, pain, chills and possible fever appear, “said the epidemiologist.
For most people, he says, this lasts about 24 hours. “For some it may take a little longer, but for the most part, these symptoms go away after 24 hours,” he said.
Fauci also said that his recommendation for tourist trips to Greece will depend on the level of infection in Greece. “If the infection rate in Greece drops enough and the Greeks are vaccinated to limit outbreaks, I think that travel will gradually be allowed and recommended. Greece is the most beautiful travel destination. I think people would like to do that, “Fauci said when asked what he would answer if a vaccinated American asked if he could come to Greece this summer.