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COVID-19 vaccine may cause short-term changes in body, expert thinks

The top-ranking physician recalled that several people of high standing had been inoculated on their own initiative

MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. The vaccine against the coronavirus infection developed in Russia may cause certain changes in the human body but they are of short-term nature and are directed at the protection of the body, said President of Russia’s Bakulev National Medical Research Center of Cardiovascular Surgery Leo Bokeria.

"Now that the vaccine is created, several people of high standing on their own initiative went to get inoculated. Of course, certain changes in the body may be expected. But on the other hand, we made sure that these are short-term changes, there is no harm in them, besides, they are meant to protect the body," he told journalists at the nationwide Nation’s Health as the Foundation for a Flourishing Russia forum.

He stressed that the issue of inoculation will be resolved properly by the Russian healthcare system. According to him, nobody will be forced to get vaccinated. He noted that it is important to understand that after inoculation the individual may endure a light form of the infection and then will develop protection against the virus.

The heart surgeon added that he hasn’t been offered to get vaccinated yet.