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Golikova clarified who can issue a covid-certificate for antibodies

From February 1, Russians and foreign citizens who have been ill with coronavirus or vaccinated with foreign vaccines can issue coronavirus certificates with QR codes if they confirm the presence of antibodies to COVID-19. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova at a briefing in the government.

According to her, there are about 300,000 Russians in the Rospotrebnadzor database who were tested for coronavirus during the year and were positive. “These citizens can receive a certificate valid for one year by passing an antibody test today,” the vice premier said.

For six months, a certificate will also be issued to those who have not officially been sick with coronavirus, but presumably could have suffered the disease asymptomatically, and therefore are immune to it. But this also needs to be confirmed with antibodies. “Such citizens are issued a certificate for only six months, because we do not know when they got sick,” Golikova stressed. She recommended that they get vaccinated after six months.

Citizens vaccinated with foreign vaccines can also receive a covid certificate for six months. This is due to the fact that so far Russia does not have mutual recognition of vaccination certificates with other states. The effectiveness of a vaccination made with a foreign drug will also need to be confirmed by the presence of antibodies.

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