posted on 09\/12\/2020 14:01\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t (credit: Natalia KOLESNIKOVA \/ AFP) \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tThe Russian Sputnik V vaccine requires that the patient stay only six days without drinking, said Alexander Gintsburg, director of the National Center for Research on Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleia. "We strongly recommend avoiding alcohol for three days after each injection," he told reporters on Wednesday, 9. advised to give up alcohol for two weeks before vaccination and 42 days after. Popova's statement had great repercussions in a country where alcohol consumption is high. According to a 2010 report by the Russian Ministry of Health, almost 40% of Russians consume alcohol in excess. "A glass of champagne doesn't hurt anyone," said Gintsburg, who points out that excessive alcohol consumption, on the other hand, can suppress the immune system and make Sputnik V a useless vaccine. "This is just a reasonable limitation on consumption until the body has formed its own immune response to coronavirus infection," said the scientist. "And this is true not just for Sputnik V, but for any other vaccine." Gintsburg also advises against using drugs that suppress the immune system. "All of these are standard recommendations for vaccination in order to achieve maximum effectiveness," he emphasized. The Kremlin offers free vaccines to Russians, who are still skeptical about its effectiveness. A survey carried out in October by the Levada Center, an independent research institute, showed that more than half of the respondents, 59%, would not receive immunization against the coronavirus; only 27% trust official data on covid-19 in the country. Russia reported 26,190 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday in the past 24 hours, including 5,145 in Moscow, bringing the national total to 2,541,199 since the pandemic began. Officials said 559 died in the past 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 44,718.