The vice-president of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the coordinator of the OncoGen Center, prof. Dr. Virgil Păunescu, declared, on Thursday, during a round table online with the topic “Scientific and technological progress in the development of coronavirus vaccines (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 “pandemic, that the administration of the current vaccine doses, which protect us for six months, are necessary to prevent severe forms of the disease, announces Agerpres.
“We have to do as many doses of vaccine as necessary and as many waves as possible, because with each dose we are protected for six months from serious forms of the disease, otherwise we risk, even those vaccinated, to get serious forms of the disease. especially of vulnerable people, it relieves them of serious forms and it is a proven thing “, said Dr. Păunescu.
However, the immunologist also expressed concern that “repeating the vaccine several times could still create problems. It is difficult to say how the immune system will react to repeated stimulation with the same stimulus (…). The vaccine does not just stay in place. injection, but circulating (…) and the repetition of any vaccination, especially every six months, worries me a little “.
Answering some questions, Dr. Virgil Păunescu stated that if the population notices that the political or health authorities are not completely transparent and seem to hide certain things, there is a feeling that “vaccination is being forced” and the reaction is always withdrawal.
The vice-president of the Academy of Medical Sciences explained that the coordination of vaccination must be done by specialists, by doctors, who, however, “do not have consolidated democratic reflexes”, by the nature of their profession. Instead, says Păunescu, the political class, under the media pressure that intervenes virulently when “there are no more free beds in ATI”, often comes with radical measures rejected by the population.
“The surgery is not negotiated in the operating room, but the doctor decides what to do,” the immunologist argued.
In other news, Virgil Păunescu pointed out that theoretically, if pressure is put on a virus, with treatments or vaccines, it will look for a “way out” and make mutations, and the danger is great that “we we can wake up with mutations that can be aggressive. “
He says that so far the solution to the pandemic problem through vaccination has not been proven to work and there are a number of mutations in the virus that come from areas around the world where the population has not been vaccinated.
“We don’t have long-term data on the side effects of vaccination, because that long-term has not passed. What worries me is that repeating the vaccine several times could still create problems. It’s hard to say how the immune system will react. at a repeated stimulation with the same stimulus (…). The vaccine does not only remain at the injection site, but it also circulates and the repetition of any vaccination, especially every six months, worries me a little “, detailed Păunescu.
He also said in response to another question that the vaccines now on the market are the result of a “political decision” and that the countries that now produce them are “a political decision”.
“Instead of collaborating, we had a competition (those from OncoGen Timişoara, who have developed a” Romanian vaccine “, no) since the spring of last year). “Cuba wanted to play no role in this competition. Cuba came out with two vaccines, because they wanted to go on the market, to show that they are a technological power”, concluded Dr. Virgil Păunescu.