COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Required If Virus Gets Mutated: Bharat Biotech’s Chairman

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Required If Virus Gets Mutated: Bharat Biotech’s Chairman

Highlights
  • Dr Ella said the company is working on strategies for a booster dose
  • Even if you’re vaccinated, you will still get an infection: Dr Krishna Ella
  • Dr Ella congratulated India for administering 100 crore vaccine doses

New Delhi: People will need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would be required if the COVID-19 virus gets mutated, said Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech, Dr Krishna Ella. Talking to ANI, Dr Ella said, “If there is a mutated COVID-19 virus and a booster is required. What type of booster would be needed and how do we deliver it on a fast track basis. On that, we are working on various strategies that can be contained. Even if something comes up; we know how to handle situations.”

Also Read: Covaxin For Children Will Take Some More Time For Final Approval: Sources

Commenting on India surpassing the administration of 100 Crore vaccination, Dr Ella said,

India has done an amazing job. I think that is significant and we appreciate the commitment of the government and healthcare workers. Honestly, I salute the citizens of this country and who believe in Indian science and are coming forward to take the vaccine.

On the export of Covaxin, Dr Ella lauded the central government and said,

Right from the beginning of the pandemic, the Indian government has helped other countries. We are already supplying COVID-19 vaccines by the Vaccine Maitri programme and I think the government has a sincere commitment to helping other parts of the world.

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Talking about the company’s nasal vaccine candidate, the Bharat Biotech chairman said,

We are the first company in the world to have a nasal vaccine which has gone into phase two completion. Many companies are trying and it took some time for us to understand the immunology of that. So now, we understood the immunology of the nasal. We are retesting immunology now in a different direction.

Dr Ella further said that wearing a mask will prove to be a weapon against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

All injectable vaccines will only prevent the hospitalisation and not the disease. The infection will happen and that is why we are recommending having a mask. Mask is mandatory because even if you’re vaccinated, you will still get an infection. If everyone wears a mask, naturally the transmission will stop. We’ve been trying hard and now we have figured that out, he added.

Also Read: Covid Booster Dose Effective In Reducing Severe Disease Outcomes: Lancet Study

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

World

25,18,98,205Cases

21,30,04,611Active

3,38,14,080Recovered

50,79,514Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 25,18,98,205 and 50,79,514 have died; 21,30,04,611 are active cases and 3,38,14,080 have recovered as on November 12, 2021 at 3:42 am.

India

3,44,14,186 12,516Cases

1,37,4161,140Active

3,38,14,080 13,155Recovered

4,62,690 501Deaths

In India, there are 3,44,14,186 confirmed cases including 4,62,690 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,37,416 and 3,38,14,080 have recovered as on November 12, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details



State

Cases

Active

Recovered

Deaths
Maharashtra

66,21,420 997

15,997 47

64,64,948 1,016

1,40,475 28

Kerala

50,42,082 7,224

70,251 833

49,36,791 7,638

35,040 419

Karnataka

29,91,142 286

8,046 10

29,44,958 289

38,138 7

Tamil Nadu

27,12,404 820

10,013 146

26,66,140 962

36,251 4

Andhra Pradesh

20,69,352 286

3,196 24

20,51,747 307

14,409 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,243 7

92 0

16,87,247 7

22,904

West Bengal

16,01,586 854

7,973 28

15,74,333 813

19,280 13

Delhi

14,40,270 40

367 21

14,14,812 61

25,091

Odisha

10,44,699 271

2,677 39

10,33,652 308

8,370 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,271 26

216 7

9,92,468 33

13,587

Rajasthan

9,54,475 4

46 2

9,45,475 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,866 40

234 19

8,16,542 21

10,090

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,936 12

76 5

7,82,336 17

10,524

Haryana

7,71,388 20

130 12

7,61,208 8

10,050

Bihar

7,26,148 4

35 2

7,16,452 6

9,661

Telangana

6,73,140 153

3,737 9

6,65,432 160

3,971 2

Assam

6,13,312 251

3,261 18

6,04,009 262

6,042 7

Punjab

6,02,695 48

266 24

5,85,859 21

16,570 3

Jharkhand

3,48,960 12

149 1

3,43,673 13

5,138

Uttarakhand

3,43,987 13

146 4

3,36,438 8

7,403 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,33,667 177

1,311 81

3,27,908 96

4,448

Himachal Pradesh

2,25,464 145

1,128 33

2,20,536 168

3,800 10

Goa

1,78,422 23

298 4

1,74,753 19

3,371

Puducherry

1,28,332 30

260 12

1,26,209 42

1,863

Mizoram

1,27,548 631

5,838 101

1,21,254 732

456

Manipur

1,24,328 78

761 37

1,21,626 40

1,941 1

Tripura

84,644 9

133 1

83,695 10

816

Meghalaya

83,962 20

273 45

82,227 64

1,462 1

Chandigarh

65,376 3

23 1

64,533 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,208 6

44 3

54,884 9

280

Sikkim

32,080 6

126 2

31,554 4

400

Nagaland

31,966 6

172 0

31,102 6

692

Ladakh

21,098 11

130 1

20,759 10

209

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682

0 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,668 3

11 2

7,528 1

129

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