Covid won’t vanish with vaccine, but aid in breaking the chain of transmission: Guleria

NEW DELHI, NOV 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/8/2020 1:19:18 PM IST

All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) director Dr. Randeep Guleria has said that common people in India will have to wait for another year to get vaccinated, while reminding that the coronavirus infection “will not vanish” with vaccination.

Dr. Guleria said that the virus will not “vanish with vaccination” but is likely to help with rapid herd immunity. The vaccination will also aid breaking the chain of transmission with fewer people getting infected.

Dr. Guleria, also a member of the national task force on the coronavirus management in the country, has said that common people will have to wait till 2022 for a shot of the coronavirus vaccine. The AIIMS director said it will take “more than a year” for a coronavirus vaccine to be easily available in the Indian markets. In an interview with CNN-News18 channel, Dr. Guleria said for normal people, it will take “more than a year”. “In our country the population is large; we need time to see how the vaccine can be bought from the market like a flu vaccine and take it. That will actually be the ideal situation,” he said.

When asked about the challenges India would have after a coronavirus vaccine is available, the AIIMS director said the prime focus would be its distribution so that it reaches every part of the country. The second challenge, Dr Guleria said, would be to figure out the positioning of another vaccine that comes out later and is seen as more effective than the first one.

“So if we have a vaccine that comes out later and is seen to be more effective than the first one, how do we position it? How do we do a course correction? How to then decide who needs vaccine A and who needs vaccine B? A lot of decisions need to be taken as we go along,” AIIMS director said.

The AIIMS chief also expressed concern about a surge during the festival season. The doctor said that if cases increase, officials may have to consider regional lockdowns, and local containment zones may have to be identified. 

He added that aggressive contact tracing has to be done, but “Covid fatigue” has been prevalent among healthcare workers.



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