Russians with Unreported COVID-19 Cases to get QR Codes

Russians with Unreported COVID-19 Cases to get QR Codes

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Russians will get QR codes if they have COVID-19 antibodies, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. “COVID-19 certificates will be issued to citizens who did not report catching the virus and those who have been vaccinated with a foreign vaccine abroad,” she said.

Russians will get QR codes if they have COVID-19 antibodies, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. “COVID-19 certificates will be issued to citizens who did not report catching the virus and those who have been vaccinated with a foreign vaccine abroad,” she said.

The QR codes dating from January 1, 2022, are valid for one year and six months. In case of a positive PCR test result, one-year certificates will be issued to citizens who have been infected and have not consulted a doctor. To do this, they will need to present an old positive test result and take an antibody test. The positive result will be checked against the official database, and the presence of antibodies in the blood will confirm that the citizen has had COVID-19.

A six-month certificate will be issued to those citizens who have had the disease but did not have a PCR test, have not seen a doctor, or have received a negative test for the novel coronavirus. A QR code will also be given to those Russian citizens who have been vaccinated with foreign vaccines not yet approved in Russia. They will simply need to take an antibody test.

Not all experts believe that it would be correct to issue certificates only based on the presence of antibodies, not taking into account their quantity because a low level does not give protection against the disease. So, the question of the level of antibodies that will be able to protect against COVID-19 is still open.

Today, it is believed that a value of 500 BAU/ml is ideal for protection against the virus, and 300 BAU/ml fully protects a person from the delta strain. If this figure is lower, then, after a consultation with a doctor, one should be vaccinated with Sputnik Light.

If the level of antibodies is above 140 BAU/ml, then the immunity is able to protect against the severe form of the disease by 95%, and if lower, it is necessary to be revaccinated.

However, all of these figures had been significant before the Omicron strain appeared. It is known to be more contagious but it can play the role of a “live” vaccine against the coronavirus infection, since, according to some foreign virologists, it is less pathogenic. However, quantitative tests for immune passports are not required anywhere in the world. Russia will soon join this practice as well.

As COVID-19 morbidity and mortality grew, the Russian government decided to use QR codes in public places. Talking about the terms of QR codes, Vladimir Putin has recently specified that they will be “obligatory” from February 1 to June 1, 2022. As for the bill on the application of QR-codes on intercity and international transport, the State Duma lower house of parliament decided not to consider this issue for now. State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that this decision was the result of the dialogue between the State Duma and the Cabinet of Ministers based on “opinions” of the regions and “appeals of citizens.” The question of paying for the tests required to obtain QR-codes remains open, and its decision will be reassigned directly to the regions. In December, the Gosuslugi portal will be prepared to issue certificates to those who have had COVID-19 without going to the doctor or who were vaccinated abroad.

Nevertheless, the Russian government maintains its position on vaccination and considers it the only method of combating the pandemic. As for the bills under consideration, the Cabinet believes that it is necessary to work through them, minimizing the difficulties and inconveniences for the population as much as possible.

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