By Sarah Keane • 09 December 2020 • 14:10
RUSSIANS told to lay off the booze for two months after getting the Covid jab
Alcohol sales are set to take a hit after Russian citizens – some of the highest alcohol consumers in the world – have been told they must abstain for 14 days prior to getting the coronavirus vaccine, and for nearly two months afterward.
Anna Popova, head of the Rospotrebnadzor watchdog, said in an interview with Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda: ‘It’s a strain on the body. If we want to stay healthy and have a strong immune response, don’t drink alcohol.”
Gamaleya research centre head Alexander Gintsburg was quick to refute Popova’s claims, saying that ‘a single glass of champagne never hurt anyone.’
On Wednesday, December 9 he added that it was ‘just a matter of reasonably limiting consumption until the body has formed its immune response’.
‘We strongly recommend abstaining from alcohol for three days after each injection,’ Gintsburg said, according to Interfax news agency.
The excessive consumption of alcohol could reduce Sputnik V’s effectiveness or even wipe its impact out entirely, he said.
‘Of course, we’re not talking about a complete ban on alcohol during vaccination.’
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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