Moscow: Ever since the arrival of COVID-19, we all have been waiting desperately for a vaccine to take down the novel coronavirus.
Anyway, it seems like the dark phase is almost getting over as the UK along with other countries like Russia and China have started vaccinating their citizens.
However, after getting vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, the individual will have to avoid drinking alcohol for two whole months. This warning comes from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, as he issued guidelines and precautions for people to stay safe until the vaccine gets active in people's bodies, which can take around 42 days.
He stated, "Russians will have to refrain from visiting crowded places, wear face masks, use sanitisers, minimise contacts and refrain from drinking alcohol or taking immunosuppressant drugs."
This is shocking for a country like Russia which is known to be the fourth largest alcohol consumers in the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Sputnik V has been authorised for use starting August and as of now, over 100,000 high-risk people have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, according to Mikhail Murashko, the Health Minister of Russia, who revealed this earlier this week during a presentation to the United Nations about the Sputnik V Vaccine.
Authorities have also revealed that they plan on giving priority to doctors and teachers for getting vaccinated first as they are at a higher risk of exposure to the disease. They plan to vaccinate two million people by the end of this year.
Moreover, the vaccine has shown the effectiveness of over 90% against the novel coronavirus. It is also currently being tested in India, in Kanpur's Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College after Dr Reddy's Laboratories received the approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).