This was stated in the studio of “Tazi Sutrin” by the director of the Institute of Microbiology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Penka Petrova.
“Perhaps the most adequate lockdown is now for the elderly population, as it is in Russia. The most vulnerable part of the population should go home, not communicate, not ride public transport, where the disease is most common. A total lockdown of the state will be catastrophic for many businesses, for education, “she added.
According to Prof. Petrova, the fourth COVID wave is the heaviest in Bulgaria. It started much earlier than in 2020 and in October we have six times more coronavirus deaths than last year.
“Our government may have been waiting for the percentage of the vaccinated population to increase, but once it turned out that this would not happen, a green certificate was introduced, timely or not, it is a fact. If everyone had been warned in July, we would not have missed these favorable months for vaccination, “she explained.
According to Prof. Petrova, all measures work – mostly disinfection, distance and masks, but outside Sofia we can hardly see people with masks in shops and restaurants.
According to her, politicians are currently making every effort to please their electorate and do not dare to conduct a positive and active vaccination campaign.
“Traditionally, we are very good at producing vaccines as a country, but we cannot hope that there will be a Bulgarian vaccine against COVID-19 soon. It is still at the level of a scientific project, it is being further developed. The experiments from phase 1, 2 and 3 are yet to be done, if a large international company engages with us. We have no deadlines. The second prototype is currently being developed, “she explained.