No cause for panic, India has hybrid immunity edge: NTAGI | India News

NEW DELHI: Saying there is no reason to panic over the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in China and other countries, the chairman of the Covid-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on vaccination, Dr. NK Arora said India has advantages with hybrid immunity on account of widespread natural infection and vaccination.
He pointed out that China lacks natural infection due to ‘no’ Covid‘ policy. “Question has also been raised about the effectiveness of the vaccines that China uses to prevent epidemics. In addition, reports show that a significant proportion of its elderly population is completely elderly. unvaccinated, leaving them vulnerable to severe symptoms from the disease,” he said.
“There is no reason to panic. However, it would be wise to increase genomic surveillance to identify newer variants,” he said, calling for increased surveillance at airports. , especially for international travelers with Covid symptoms.
India is currently seeing 100-110 cases per day.
India has seen three major waves of Covid since the start of the pandemic. The third wave is caused by omicron variant of SARS-CoV2. Scientists say Omicron and its sub-variants are the cause of Covid-19 infections globally until now.
“There are almost 75 sub-variants circulating globally. Luckily for us, we’ve been exposed to almost all of them in the last few months without any sign of an increase in the number of cases. or the number of hospital admissions due to infections. I don’t know if this trend will change anytime soon. However, it’s better to be cautious,” the NTAGI president said.
Covid-19 cases are increasing in Japan, South Korea and the US. In the US, cities like New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia are considering reintroducing the requirement to wear masks in crowded places to prevent the disease from spreading. “Currently, the number of hospitalizations is low. However, there is still concern that the virus will mutate further if it continues to circulate in the environment,” the doctors said.


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