AIIMS Head of Department (Medicine) Dr Navneet Wig said that the aim of the country is to become COVID free which can be achieved by wearing masks and giving vaccination to everyone. He also warned people not to lower their guards.
“Our aim is to make this country COVID-free. We'll be able to do it by wearing masks and giving vaccines to everybody,” Wig told ANI. “Vaccine research has to continue so we can come up with better and smarter solutions. People cannot lower their guards,” he added.
Wig also lauded the milestone that the country achieved by administering the highest daily vaccination. Over one core COVID-19 vaccine doses were given in one day for the first time on August 27.
“It's an important feat and I think more vaccinations will be done in coming times. The country needs to be vaccinated. Until and unless everybody is vaccinated, we can't make the country COVID-free,” Wig told ANI.
Not only did India achieve a landmark of the highest number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in a day but also achieved its highest ever weekly vaccination figure of nearly 4.5 crore doses from August 21 to 27.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
Prior to this, India has administered maximum COVID-19 vaccine doses in the third week of June at 4.12 crore doses. In August, more than 3.5 crore doses have been administered every week.That apart, August has been India’s biggest vaccination month vis-à-vis the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered with over 15 crore doses given so far-- higher than 13.45 crore doses administered in July and 11.97 crore doses in June.