Domestic low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced that flyers will get a full refund of their ticket upon testing COVID-19 positive before departure if they book their RT-PCR test with SpiceHealth.com.
The facility is currently available in Delhi, Gurugram, and Mumbai only and flyers can opt for home collection of samples as well.
SpiceHealth offers the country’s cheapest RT-PCR tests at Rs 299 only, which is one-third the market price of an RT-PCR COVID-19 test at Rs 850. Flyers of other airlines can also get the test done at just Rs 499.
SpiceHealth, a healthcare company founded by SpiceJet promoters Ajay Singh and Avani Singh, has been conducting RT-PCR tests since November 2020.
On March 25, SpiceHealth had launched mobile COVID-19 testing facility in Kerala. The service is now available in five states, including Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra.
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.