Herd immunity implies an acquired immunity to coronavirus infection of a large part of the human population, which will make it impossible for its spread in the form of an epidemic. The REGNUM correspondent was informed about this by Pavel Shumikhin (United Russia), candidate of medical sciences, doctor of the highest category and deputy of the Altai Regional Legislative Assembly. Commenting on the relevant statement by the World Health Organization, he explained:
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»The state of herd immunity is achieved with a massive widespread morbidity, but the best option is, of course, total vaccination. Currently, the path to achieving herd immunity on the planet seems indefinitely long.
On the one hand, the spread of infection is restrained by anti-epidemic measures and so far only a smaller part of the human population has been ill. The epidemic was artificially extended in time, which prevents the growth of the immune layer, and we are witnessing a situation when the epidemic is still spreading, and people who received immunity have time to lose it.
On the other hand, we still have extremely slow rates of vaccination, which, similarly, does not allow us to increase the immune layer. The only possible way to achieve herd immunity is total vaccination of the entire population in a very short time. So far, the states of the world, with a few exceptions, refrain from such measures."
As reported by IA REGNUM, earlier that the collective immunity to coronavirus infection can be formed only through mass vaccination of the population, said a researcher at the World Health Organization (WHO) Sumya Swaminatan. According to her, according to studies, only 10% of the world's population has antibodies to coronavirus in the world.