Herd immunity in India a myth, not easy to achieve: AIIMS director 

Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 21: The director of AIIMS, Dr Randeep Guleria stated that herd immunity is just a 'myth' in India as over 80 per cent of people need to produce antibodies for the country's population to be protected against coronavirus. "Achieving herd immunity is difficult if one takes into account the new Indian strains found in Maharashtra, which could be highly transmissible and dangerous. The new variant can even cause re-infections in people who have developed antibodies to the virus," Guleria was quoted in a report by NDTV.
Lately, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra have reported an increase in the number of coronavirus infections.
The government's vaccination plan depends on creating herd immunity by vaccinating a majority of the population. In the first phase of vaccination 3 crore health workers and frontline workers are to be immunised. Following that, it will be 27 crore people who are 50 years of age or have co-morbidities.
"Mutations or variants in the virus have an immune escape mechanism. They can threaten the immunity achieved by a person through vaccinations or the disease and cause reinfection," Dr Guleria gave reasons as to why herd immunity is not possible. He also stressed the importance of following 'Covid-appropriate behaviour.'
"India needs to go back to aggressive measures of testing, contact tracing and isolating infections," Dr Guleria said.
Responding to whether Covid vaccines in India are effective against the new strain, Dr Guleria said the vaccines will be effective, but their efficacy might be less. For example, people might not be able to avoid getting the disease, but they will have a mild version of it. Regular surveillance data is the key to knowing if vaccines need to be modified to fight the new variant strains. In the coming months, there could be changes made to the vaccines.
However, Dr Guleria emphasized that getting the vaccine is a must. On Saturday, the Centre announced that over 1.07 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to health workers and frontline workers.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Vaccines after vaccine? and near future The SPARS Pandemic- 2025 to 2028? Following 25 min video delves into WHO, CDC and one world or globalist agenda... Ref: https://youtube.com/watch?v=SrbZRWnpxbM

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Marketing manager of vaccines this person seems to sound. Vaccine induced antibodies are weak compared to natural immunity gained through natural infections which is evidence based even against mutating viruses. As we are exposed several times to corona viruses we have natural cross immunity against them. For a disease with 99.997% recovery rate including 80% asymptomatic cases no need for medication or vaccinations unless the comorbid few are with severe breathing problems and oxygen levels dropping below optimal limits requiring hospital ICU care.

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  • Balu, Padubidri

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    people gather at farmer's protest in large numbers where they don't maintain any social distancing norms. Are they immune to Corona virus?? really surprising, isn't it..

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Is it true that BJP ruled states don't publish or press actual numbers of death and sick people or all join Bjp corona disappear

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Yes. they suppress facts and figures ( e.g; GDP). This has been a part of their infamous "Gujarat Model" of suppressing, curtailing fact-finders, and harassing the opposition under Reliance's Chowkidaar.

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