Vaccines developed in Russia can protect against any of the currently known strains of coronavirus infection, said Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation Vladimir Krugly, RIA Novosti reports.
He assured that, according to research, the antigenic structure of the virus, regardless of the strain, doesn’t change. An antigen is a substance to which the human body reacts by producing antibodies.
According to scientists, virologists, experts, Russian vaccines against COVID-19 can resist mutations of the coronavirus, including a new strain of the virus found in the UK, since its antigenic structure doesn’t change, the expert said.
Thus, the doctor believes that antibodies produced during vaccination will successfully protect from known strains of coronavirus.
At the same time, Krugly added that scientists worldwide know about 17 strains of coronavirus infection.
The new strain of coronavirus infection has been detected in 22 European countries, Reginal Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe Hans Kluge said, NEWS.ru reported earlier.