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Inactivated vaccines don’t have great reputation, but Covaxin data looks promising: Experts

Mixing vaccines can be a good thing and may work better than two doses of the same vaccine, said Dr Mark-Alain Widowson, an infectious disease epidemiologist and director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, who worked with the US Center for Disease. worked for as well. control and prevention, told Naveen Bharat.

How effective will the vaccines be against different mutant strains of the SARS CoV2 virus? Will a third booster dose be needed?

There is no clear answer to this. Data shows that two doses of mRNA vaccines are needed to provide good protection against delta version, but it is not clear how long immunity lasts, especially in immunosuppressed or the elderly. Israel is seeing some disease among those who have been vaccinated and has started the third dose. However, the priority is to make more vaccines for the primary course rather than boosters, because even if vaccinated people do get sick, they are less likely to die. Although I must say that we are moving to a position where an updated vaccine can be used. Flu Vaccines Are Updated Every Year, So We Could End Up in a Similar Situation COVID-19. Vaccines will still be protective against severe disease and against most mutant strains currently in use, but we need to keep an eye out. (read more here)

In other news, according to an RTI response filed by the Covid-19 Vaccine Administration Cell of the Union Health Ministry, data on the CoWin portal as of August 17 shows that the “total number of beneficiaries” who received the first dose of Kovidshield vaccine but not prescribed did not receive their second dose within time” is 3,40,72,993. Similarly, for Covaxin beneficiaries the number is 46,78,406.

A UK-based study by Oxford University has found that receiving two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines is the most effective way to ensure protection against the Covid-19 delta version of anxiety.

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