Huge COVID-19 third wave very unlikely, no need for booster dose for now: AIIMS Director

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AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said the chances of a “huge third wave” of COVID-19 are “decreasing with every passing day”.

New Delhi: AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said the chances of a “huge third wave” of COVID-19 are “decreasing with every passing day”.

Speaking on the sidelines of the release of “Going Viral”, a book on the formulation of Bharat Biotech’s covaccine by Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR, Guleria said that India does not require a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of now and the focus is on need to be given. On increasing vaccine coverage.

“Vaccines are stalling, we are not seeing successful infections leading to an increase in our admissions, our sero-positivity rate is very high. All of this suggests that we don’t really need a booster dose right now. We may need it in the future, that’s for sure. But we don’t need a booster dose right now.

“We are well protected and I think we should focus on getting as many people as possible to get the first and second doses because if we have enough of that number, we as a country Will be well protected.”

On the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19, Guleria said: “As our vaccination program progresses, as we are seeing less vaccine hesitation and as we are seeing that vaccines prevent serious illness. are out in the matter of prevention and containment. Hospitalizations and Deaths – The chances of any major wave getting lower with each passing day. It is highly unlikely that we will see a major third wave. ,

He said, “But the disease will be endemic and we will continue to have cases… We will have some patients who will be sick but it will not be of the magnitude that we saw in the first and second waves and most of us will be protected. “

First published:November 24, 2021, 5:02 pm

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