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Magiorkinis: If 40-50 pct of population vaccinated by summer, Covid will be significantly contained

Magiorkinis: If 40-50 pct of population vaccinated by summer, Covid will be significantly contained

"I am almost certain that if 40-50% of the population has been vaccinated by summer then the pandemic will be significantly contained. Personal health protection measures will be suspended as soon as cases significantly fall. Perhaps as of May," assistant professor at the Department of Hygiene & Epidemiology of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and member of the committee of experts of the Ministry of Health Gkikas Magiorkinis said in an interview with the Athens Macedonian News Agency (ANA) released on Saturday.

Asked whether a third wave of the pandemic is expected, he replied: "At this stage we are in the containment of the second wave, we do not yet have signs of an increase, so we do not see a third wave at the moment."

Asked on what we expect from the clinical trials that have already begun on the allergies caused by the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine, he said: "The allergy profile of the vaccines is not very heavy. We are talking about slightly more people than the flu vaccine. All vaccines have the potential for an allergic reaction. And here we are talking about ten people per million population. And less than half have a severe allergic reaction. These are very rare side effects with the majority of them occurring in people who already have a history of allergies. Clinical studies want to show what is the best way to treat an allergy profile so that people with a history of allergies can be covered. So these are studies that will essentially improve the treatment of this population and what will be the conditions and protocols that should be followed for these people."