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Delaying the vax will give the virus a chance to develop new variants | India News


Delaying the vax will give the virus a chance to develop new variants | India News

Needles and a vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease vaccine. (Reuters)

HYDERABAD: People should not delay taking the Covid-19 vaccine, as this will give viruses a chance to develop new variants and some of them may reduce the effectiveness of current vaccines, for example. health care experts.
They believe that those who do not get vaccinated are doing a great injustice to their loved and close ones.
The government of India has announced that all people over the age of 18 would be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as of May 1. This should be seen as the endgame for the deadly pandemic to break out of India, but this would not be achieved if the young and old hesitate to get vaccinated, experts say.
Dr. Mervin Leo, Cluster Operations Director, Gleneagles Global Hospitals believes that the Covid-19 virus still has many hosts left to replicate and has more opportunities to develop new variants at random. “Some of these variants can reduce the effectiveness of the current vaccine, which is surely not a desirable scenario. Therefore, it is important that people encourage each other to get vaccinated as soon as possible and ensure that the virus is eliminated from our lives. before it gets to us, “he said.
Hyderabad health facilities are increasing their capacity to vaccinate more people in the coming weeks. They believe that vaccination for all is the most definitive step in the fight against the coronavirus.
“Vaccination for all is about controlling the pandemic at the population level through herd immunity, and the goal cannot be achieved unless everyone joins the movement and gets vaccinated. Fighting the coronavirus requires effort. community, and everyone needs to step up to get in and get their vaccinations, so that we can break the chain of transmission from one person to another, “said Dr. Riyaz Khan, Executive Director, Continental hospitals.
“Emphasis needs to be placed on getting a vaccine (Covishield / Covaxin), the one that is readily and readily available. Both are effective. It has now been shown beyond doubt that even a single dose provides decent protection. The vaccines are very effective. to prevent hospitalizations and deaths. People don’t have to wait a year to get vaccinated, and the longer we wait to see any side effects, it could only lead to the development of mutants of the virus in the future, “said Dr. Aarathi Bellary, consultant. Internal Medicine, Hospitals SLG.
“RNA vaccines and adenovirus-based vaccines (technologies used to develop vaccines against Covid-19) are already in phase two of human trials for other infectious diseases such as influenza and a different coronavirus called MERS. Scientists already have safety and immunogenicity data on similar vaccines, and it is time for us to trust medical science and choose to get vaccinated as soon as possible, “said Dr. Anusha Karra, Internal Medicine, Western Plains Hospital, Dodge City, USA. USA


Times of India