The behavior of anti-vaccines can be called obscurantism, because vaccines are effective, safe and necessary. Alexander Semyonov, Deputy Director for Innovation at the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Pasteur, expressed this point of view on the air of the MIR 24 TV channel. He stressed that vaccination is everyone's business, but he himself has a negative attitude towards refusal of vaccinations.
“This is the so-called social egoism. Such people are alive and well only because everyone else around them has been vaccinated, and with the formed collective immunity, they protect them from disease. The vast majority of people are normal, sane, understand that a public good, including an epidemiological one, is a thing that must be supported by all people - not only professionals, medical workers. Anti-vaccines are people who do not want to work for the good of society,”Semenov said.
With regard to vaccination against coronavirus, the expert noted that the drugs are undergoing "severe testing."
“You have to understand that the school of vaccinology, which was formed in the 20th century on the territory of the Soviet Union, was, if not the best in the world, then one of the two or three strongest in the world. The development of safe, effective vaccines has been learned over many decades, and this knowledge has not disappeared. We know perfectly well how to administer vaccines, how to do it safely, how to test them, how to form immunity,”he added.
According to Alexander Semenov, the more people have protection, the more difficult it is to spread the infection to an infected person. He believes the incidence will decline when 65% of the population has protective antibodies.