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  • How Scientists Prove Vaccine Efficacy and Safety

    Before a vaccine becomes publicly available, researchers conduct dozens of studies to prove its efficacy and safety. Leading scientific journals keep publishing papers on how current coronavirus vaccines work and can save us from severe cases of the disease. How do scientists analyze new vaccines and assess their safety? How can you understand their conclusions without a degree in medicine? Anton Barchuk, an epidemiologist, head of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Health Research and ITMO’s Public Health Sciences Master’s program, answered these and other questions for ITMO.NEWS.


  • Vaccination in St. Petersburg: ITMO Staff and Students on Why They Decided to Get Vaccinated

    Russia’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19 was launched on December 15, 2020, when the Russian Ministry of Health approved the Sputnik V vaccine. Since then, a lot of research has been conducted on its safety and efficiency with results published in Nature and The Lancet, and in late August the first international article on the Russian CoviVac vaccine was published in Emerging Microbes & Infections. Researchers from all over the world agree that the only way to end the pandemic is through herd immunity. It means that everyone can contribute if they get vaccinated. ITMO.NEWS asked university staff and students why they decided to get vaccinated and why it’s important to rely on science instead of rumours spread online.


  • Researcher Artemy Okhotin: If Vaccine Makes Hospitalization Five Times Less Likely – Then It’s a Powerful Tool

    In late August, researchers from the European University at St. Petersburg, the Sergey Berezin Medical Institute, the Pavlov First State Medical University of St. Petersburg, and the central district hospital of Tarusa  conducted an independent study of the efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine in preventing hospitalization among those infected with the Delta variant of COVID-19. The study demonstrated that the vaccine is 81% effective in preventing hospitalization in such cases. ITMO.NEWS got the chance to interview Arseny Okhotin, one of the authors of the study, a cardiologist and physician in Tarusa, and a student at ITMO’s new Master’s program Public Health Sciences. Read on to learn more about the research project and the way it can change public perception of vaccines.  


  • Why We Should Study Anti-Vaccination Communities

    Vaccination saved humanity from many dangerous diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and measles. However, there have always been people who were sceptical about it. What is going on in the anti-vaccination communities? What do their members discuss? How can we establish a constructive dialog with them? Denis Kvasnyuk, an analyst at ITMO’s Center for Development of Publishing Activities and junior researcher at the STS Center of the European University, tried to answer these and other questions. We met with Denis to discuss the importance and methods of such research.


  • Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19, Pandemic, and Vaccination

    ITMO.NEWS together with Oksana Stanevich, an infectionist at the Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University and a chief expert of the project of the Ne Naprasno Medical Solutions Foundation (a partner of ITMO University), prepared an essential guide and answered the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, pandemic, and vaccination.