WHO Chief Scientist To NDTV
The key lesson from the pandemic is climate change, and it’s all rooted in what humans have done to the environment, said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO). know today. Our lives are tied to the health of the environment, she added.
Vulnerable people suffer a lot, just like the floods in Pakistan. It can happen to any country, and it’s important to focus on equity and help those left behind, she said.
She also stressed the importance of a public health approach, having good data and research.
She said that about vaccines harming the body, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
“Vaccination has saved so many lives in the 20th and 21st centuries, and everything is a balance between life and risk. Similarly, with vaccines, safety is important and there is always a level. high safety There will be rare adverse events, as 3-4 Dr. Swaminathan said.
Speaking to NDTV, when asked about the vaccine’s effectiveness because many people have been infected with Covid even after taking the booster dose, she said that this dose prevents severe illness.
“We are recovering quickly from the vaccine,” she said, pointing out that more than 13 billion people around the world have received the vaccine and 20 million lives have been saved by it. The majority of deaths in the US are due to non-vaccination, she added.
Dr. Swaminathan further explained that the vaccine was developed with high efficacy and safety. The virus is trying to evolve, and each mutation allows the virus to evade antibodies, she said, adding that “there are people who haven’t had the vaccine and don’t get sick, but that is a matter of chance.
Appreciating India’s vaccination efforts, she said the country has done a good job in vaccinating its people.
“During the delta wave, a lot of people aren’t vaccinated and that’s why we’re seeing an impact. Drugs help reduce severity and can keep you from getting very sick. Booster doses are very important.” , she said.