Professor Krzysztof Pyrć from the Małopolska Center of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University wrote on Twitter on Monday that there is “the last moment” to get vaccinated and to obtain immunity against the next wave of infections. “Immunity does not appear immediately after vaccination,” he noted.
The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday 91 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. Since the beginning of the epidemic, infection with coronavirus has been confirmed in Poland in 2,883,029 people, of whom 75,261 died.
It was served by Sunday 34 429 956 doses of different COVID-19 vaccines. The first dose was taken 18 332 060 vaccinations. It is fully vaccinated 17 470 071 people – vaccinated with a single-dose preparation of Johnson & Johnson or a second dose of AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines.
Professor Pyrć warns of another wave
Professor Krzysztof Pyrć from the Małopolska Center of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University warned on Monday on Twitter that there is “the last moment” ahead of us to obtain immunity against the next wave of infections. “Immunity does not appear immediately after vaccination. Our body, our immune system needs many weeks. Now is the last moment,” he wrote.
“We should pay special attention to people over 50 years of age or with other diseases – diabetes, cancer or heart disease” – he added. In the entry, he attached an infographic from the American daily “The San Diego Union-Tribune”, which shows the increase in coronavirus infections among vaccinated and not fully vaccinated people.
It is clear how the pandemic affects people who do not have full possible protection against SARS-CoV-2. In the chart dated July 25 – showing the moving average of new coronavirus infections over seven consecutive days in March-July 2021 – the level of infection per 100,000 people is less than 2. At the same time, the level of infection in people not fully vaccinated increased from about 3 in mid-June to over 16 out of 100,000 a month later.
Pyrć in the group of specialists at the European Commission
A week ago, Professor Pyrć informed on Twitter that He was appointed to the SARS-CoV-2 advisory group at the European Commission. Pyrć was appointed on July 22 and he is the only Polish scientist to be a member of this body as an individual expert.
The group of specialists was established by the European Commission. Its tasks will include establishing criteria for identifying SARS-CoV-2 variants of particular interest, advising on the selection of variants on which vaccine development should be targeted, as well as analyzing the collected data and creating recommendations based on them.
The European Expert Group on SARS-CoV-2 Variants will be composed of individual experts and representatives of two bodies: the European Medicines Agency and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
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