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India achieves major milestone: 60% of eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19


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New Delhi: India has achieved a major milestone in its battle against Covid-19 as cumulative vaccinations in the country as over 60 per cent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya thanked the people and the health workers of the country for the achievement.

“Accomplishing more new feats!

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Aided by public participation & dedicated efforts of our health workers, over 60% of the eligible population fully vaccinated now Syringe,” the health minister tweeted.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and several doctors across the world have emphasised vaccinating the population against coronavirus to lesser done the severity of the disease.

Currently, Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V vaccine doses are being administered in India.

Covishield, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, is being manufactured by Serum Institute of India, while India’s indigenous Covaxin, has been developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research. Sputnik V vaccine is a Russian made vaccine which is marketed by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in the country. 

Meanwhile, amid the Omicron threat, a huge debate has arisen over the need for a booster dose of COVID vaccines. While several doctors have called for the inoculation of the health workers and the citizens with the ‘booster/additional’ dose, the government has said that the decision will be taken in accordance with scientific data.

Commenting on whether the vaccines being administered given in the country are effective in developing immunity against Omicron, Health Minister Mandaviya said, “While there is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work against Omicron variant of coronavirus, some of the mutations reported on spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines.

“However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved. Hence vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease and, vaccination with the available vaccines remains crucial,” he added.

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