At Belarusian State Medical University the second day of December began with an event of international importance - a symposium dedicated to topical issues in the fight against coronavirus infection COVID-19. The event is the fruit of the joint efforts of Belarusian State Medical University and Nanjing Medical University, which have been officially cooperating since 2019.
The participants of the symposium (representatives of BSMU communicated with their Chinese colleagues online, being in the university conference hall) were greeted by the rectors of two universities: Belarusian - Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich and Nanking - Hu Zhibin.
– I hope that today's meeting will mark the beginning of our active interaction, interrupted due to the difficult epidemiological situation associated with the spread of COVID-19. And we will consider the current problems of both medical education and medicine in general, - said Sergey Rubnikovich.
According to Hu Zhibin, it is especially important to be united during a pandemic. This is why such conferences are organized. After all, only together can we answer the challenge of modernity.
..In total, about 10 reports were presented at the symposium, which were presented by faculty staff of the Departments of Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases of Belarusian State Medical University, as well as Nanjing Medical University. The presentations were devoted to the epidemiological aspects of coronavirus infection in the Republic of Belarus, best practices in the treatment and prevention of coronavirus in Wuhan, topical clinical issues of COVID-19, the establishment of a coronavirus infection prevention system in Belarus, rapid screening and preparation of fully human antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 RBD with a broad-spectrum neutralizing ability. In addition, the question was raised whether inactivated vaccines can reduce the incidence of severe pneumonia caused by the delta variant. In particular, according to statistics from Chinese experts, vaccines reduce the incidence of severe pneumonia caused, among other things, by mutations of the delta and omicron variants. At the same time, immunity lasts for about six months, after which the vaccinated must be injected with a booster dose.
During the symposium, Belarusian and Chinese scientists discussed some other thematic aspects.
P. S. In the near future, the staff of Belarusian State Medical University and Nanjing Medical University intend to pay attention to such important areas of medicine as cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, etc.
Author: Oksana Kurbeko, spokesperson; Photo by Dmitry Zelenkovsky
Translation: Anastasiya Karnacheva.