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WHO: Vaccination is important, can help reduce risk of variants

The most effective tool right now to win the battle against Covid-19 is vaccination. Getting the jab means protecting yourself as well as others against the deadly virus.

Vaccines train the immune system to fight the virus and develop antibodies against it without getting the virus itself. Majority of people who are getting infected with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus, are able to develop temporary anti-bodies within a few weeks.

But taking the vaccine acts as a booster and strengthens the immune system against future transmission, especially because of instances of people getting infected with the virus for the second time even after fighting it once.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently estimated that vaccination against Covid-19 is bound to reduce the risk against the new variants by 80%. With new variants getting recognized in every country, the vaccines are said to be effective in reducing the risk so that the imported strain does not wreak major havoc.

During a news conference on Monday, 7th June, 2021, Dr. Michael Ryan, Emergencies Chief, WHO, exclaimed that wider vaccine coverage is the only way out of the pandemic. Many rich countries have opened vaccinations for the youth who are at low risk of danger even before the elderly, even as the same countries are facing pressure to export vaccines to poor ones who do not have enough supply.

Even though Britain has seen a huge slump in the number of cases due to an aggressive vaccination drive, the recent reports have shown a surge owing to the Indian originated so-called delta variant of the deadly virus.

WHO is still not sure about the exact percentage of vaccination coverage to fully have an impact on the transmission but 80% can be claimed on a sure basis.

The Indian delta variant has spread in more than 60 countries worldwide, and has higher transmissibility chances than the alpha variant that first originated in Britain, as per Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead on coronavirus. Kerkhove has also thrown light on the increased transmission of the virus, increased gatherings, relaxation of public health and social distancing measures and uneven distribution of vaccines around the world, all adding to the increase in the number of cases, even after the virus has been in existence for over a year.

According to reports, the G-7 leaders are all set to meet later this week in England and can possibly help to meet the set target of vaccinating 10% of the population in every country by the end of September and 30% by the end of the year 2021.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that these targets can only be fulfilled by the availability of additional 250 million doses by September and millions more in the months of June and July itself.

Safe and effective vaccines are contributing in preventing the chaos due to vaccines but as a part of mankind, it is our personal responsibility to get vaccinated.


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