Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Infection with one Covid variant doesn’t protect from others: ICMR

Infection by one variant does not provide protection from the other variants, Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said on Thursday
Responding to a question, he said that as variants have emerged, re-infections have been seen. However, vaccination prevents severe disease and mortality, while following Covid Appropriate Behaviour prevents the infection.
NITI Aayog member, Health, Dr V.K. Paul, said: “It is a fact that the vaccine protection and natural immunity protection do not complete guarantee that one would not be re-infected again.”
He said the issue is being constantly discussed across the world including India and this reality has to be accepted. On query of third doses for all, he said that all such decisions are taken based on the scientific need.
“The first consideration is scientific need, then other considerations like programmatic consideration, epidemiological consideration are taken into the account. These decisions are being taken keeping all in the views. All such considerations are under constant scientific scrutiny,” he said.