OREANDA-NEWS. Extension of COVID-19 prevention rules could go on for a long time to prevent recurrence of disease outbreaks due to the emergence of new strains. This scenario was made by the epidemiologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vadim Pokrovsky in an interview with Izvestia.

He noted that at the moment the situation with the spread of the coronavirus is difficult. Every now and then there are mutations that can overcome the vaccine barrier.

At the same time, an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences suggested that the pandemic will gradually begin to fade. According to Pokrovsky, this may happen against the background of the widespread spread of vaccines against infection and a high level of vaccination.

The epidemiologist recalled that herd immunity is still being formed. A similar trend could lead to a decrease in mortality from COVID-19.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the extension of the rules for the prevention of COVID-19 in Russia until 2024 was a technical solution.

On November 17, it became known that the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova extended the sanitary and epidemiological rules for the prevention of new coronavirus infection until 2024.

The document says that people who have been vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past six months will not be quarantined for two weeks if they come into contact with a coronavirus infection.