Currently, vaccination of the population is the only way to achieve herd immunity on a global scale to protect against COVID-19. This opinion was expressed by the chief researcher of the WHO Sumiya Swaminathan. The expert explained that to date, only 10% of all people on the planet have antibodies to infection.
The specialist explained that in a natural way, collective resistance, according to the observation of the World Health Organization, does not form even when more than half of the inhabitants of a settlement or region are infected.
“In some places … there are foci in which 50-60% of the population has been exposed to the virus and have antibodies. However, it does not follow from this that the entire city, province, state or country has achieved herd immunity, RIA Novosti quotes her.
Earlier it was reported that WHO has officially confirmed the compliance of the influenza vaccine developed at the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Vaccines and Serums of the FMBA with international quality standards. This will make it possible to export the drug to international organizations and funds.