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5:51 PM  November 23, 2021

Tomsk scientists: rumors of COVID vaccine effect on genome are untrue

© РИА Томск. Tomsk scientists: rumors of COVID vaccine effect on genome are untrue

TOMSK, Nov 23 – RIA Tomsk. Experts from the Tomsk National Research Medical Center (TNRMC) of the Russian Academy of Sciences at a press conference at the RIA Tomsk media center on Tuesday refuted rumors about the effect of the COVID-19 vaccine on the human genome, as it does not contain the live virus.

Earlier it was reported that the Tomsk region was among the nine subjects with the lowest COVID vaccination rate. Compulsory vaccination for doctors, teachers, officials, law enforcement officers, service providers and students has been introduced in the region since October 15.

"The fears circulating on the internet and in the media that the vaccine somehow affects our genome, that complications develop, which are then inherited by the next generations, are completely unfounded. Safety has been proven by all relevant stages of clinical trials and, in addition, the vaccines do not contain live material," Vadim Stepanov, Director of the Tomsk National Research Medical Center (TNRMC), told reporters.

He was supported by Evgeny Sherstoboev, Head of the Head of the Department of Immunopharmacology of Goldberg Research Institute of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine of Tomsk NRMC, who shared the results of the EpiVacCorona vaccine safety study at the Research Institute. According to him, studies conducted on animals showed that the vaccine had no toxic effect on the functioning of various organs and systems of laboratory animals, including the immune system.

At the same time, the TNRMC director noted that the vaccination does not provide a 100% guarantee for each individual because its effectiveness is assessed on "large samples". Initial estimates put the efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine at more than 95%, and everyone could be in the 5% range. Nevertheless, by getting vaccinated, Tomsk residents reduce their own risk and protect their surroundings.

"We have a lower vaccination rate in Russia than in the rest of the world. In Russia 37% of people are vaccinated, while the global average is 42%. It is a shame for the country that you and I are not taking advantage of the outstanding success of our own medicine and medical science," Stepanov said, highlighting the fact that 67 countries have approved Sputnik V.

It was previously reported that four COVID-19 vaccine - Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V), CoviVac and EpiVacCorona (the latter two drugs are prescribed for medical indications), and Sputnik Lite, for re-vaccination and vaccination of COVID-19 over-vaccinated, are used in the Tomsk region. According to the regional administration, as of November 23, 445,553 people had received the first component of the vaccination and 382,524 had completed the immunization.

Evgeny Sherstoboev, Head of the Department of Immunopharmacology of Goldberg Research Institute of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine of Tomsk National Research Medical Center

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