200 Crore Vaccine: Vaccination Campaign Was Much Better, But Precaution Dose Wasn’t Required: Expert

corona vaccination in india (Corona Vaccination) 200 crore in the eligible population for the Kovid-19 vaccination (200 Crore Vaccine) is a milestone. These include people over the age of 12. corona virus (Coronavirus) The whole world has praised India for working so effectively against India not only vaccinated most of its population, but also helped many other countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar in vaccination. On this occasion, TV9 spoke exclusively to Dr Jayaprakash Muliyil, Epidemiologist and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Epidemiology, who praised the National Immunization Campaign and said, “Vaccines are the most important weapon against the SARS-Covid-2 virus. “

What should happen next after 200 crore vaccine doses?

Next we should keep in mind the purpose of vaccination. The aim is to strengthen the immune system of people by injecting a dead virus so that when the actual virus enters the body, our body reacts accordingly. Due to Kovid-19, we have come to know that the population with comorbidities is more at risk than others. Antibodies are not produced as quickly in a person with a comorbidity as compared to a person without a comorbidity.

In such a situation, we have got information about future epidemics, which people are more at risk who need protection.

We must keep in mind that we cannot prevent infection through vaccination. Although in the beginning it was believed so. A vaccine increases the number of antibodies and reduces the severity of the virus causing disease.

Did we delay in making the vaccine against Kovid-19?

When we started vaccination against the Kovid-19 vaccine in 2021, about 80 percent of the population was already infected. This means that he had already got immunity from the corona virus. I would say that not only in expanding the options for vaccines against Kovid-19, but we also delayed in starting the vaccination process. Many people lost their lives because of the delta version. If we had vaccinated at the same time when the alpha virus was spreading, we could have saved many.

Second, we used only two-three Kovid-19 vaccines to vaccinate the entire population of the country. Other vaccines came when people in India were already immune to the virus – either from vaccines or through natural infection.

Omicron remains a much lighter variant

However, Omicron changed the scenario a bit. Several studies have shown that Omicron is spreading and infecting people, ignoring immunity acquired through natural infection or vaccination. But we also observed that the incidence of severe illness in cases associated with Omicron was lower than that of the other variants. This is because the Omicron variant does not directly infect the lungs. Unlike Delta, it only infects the bronchi.

So, we called COVID-19 a common flu and now we are barely measuring its infection.

So, the answer is hidden in your question that we are late in making vaccines against Kovid-19.

What do you have to say about the booster vaccine program?

As I said, we started vaccinating people when they were already immune to the virus. As a mission, we are doing very well on vaccination. But when you are asking about the booster dose, I want to say that the first dose was the booster dose for us. The very first dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine created antibodies within us. As the dose increased, so did our antibodies. Working as a booster only the first dose could save us from corona for a long time.

Firstly, the booster vaccine program was for people at high risk, the elderly and people with comorbidities. Second, since Omicron challenged our immune system, a booster dose should have tried to produce antibodies against Omicron-like variants of the coronavirus.

Is it time to have vaccines for children under the age of five?

As far as I am aware, the death rate due to Kovid among children below the age of 10 years in the country has been zero. I would like to say again that getting vaccinated does not mean that a person will not be infected with the virus. Vaccination will only help in controlling the disease and will not allow it to become severe.

The Omicron virus, which currently infects people rapidly, has proved to be weaker than the earlier variants so far. Therefore, vaccines have no role in children as only natural infection will produce antibodies in them. According to me, those who are insisting on the need to vaccinate young children are only seeing it as a way of profit. These are just plans to sell your product.

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