In a special conversation with Business Today, Saumya Swaminathan said, “Although it seems a difficult task, the immunity limit is more than 95 percent in the case of measles, which is a highly contagious virus.”
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, said that to prevent the virus from spreading, at least 70 percent of the population needs to develop anti-bodies. In a special conversation with Business Today, Saumya Swaminathan said, “Although it seems a difficult task, the immunity limit is more than 95 percent in the case of measles, which is a highly contagious virus.”
He added, “The Kovid-19 epidemic has destroyed the world.” The great hope was that more people would become infected with the virus, this group would create herd immunity, which would acquire a certain level of antibody in the population. ”
He said that till 70-80 percent people do not have antibodies in their body, the virus will continue to spread from one person to another. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said that in the current medical studies it was said that immunity against this virus lasts for 8 months. Some vaccine makers claim that immunity from their vaccine stays for many years. This is possible but we have to see whether people need booster dose or not.
He said that the world is moving towards immunity. The emergence of new strains of corona virus is worrying. It is also a deadly virus than old. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said, ‘We have to keep an eye on what the virus is doing. Is he learning to run away from these antibodies? Therefore, it is necessary to invest in the second generation of the vaccine, which is targeting different proteins. We are working on this.
Let us know that preparations are being made for vaccination in the whole world including India. India will start a program to vaccinate citizens from January 16. More than 24 million people have already received their first dose of vaccine in about 41 countries. Most of these people are from America, China, Europe and Middle East.
Dr. Swaminathan said, “There will surely be some people who will oppose vaccination.” He said that in most parts of developing countries, people have a positive attitude towards the vaccine. You will see opposition in high income countries. This is because developed countries have never faced such infectious diseases, which can be cured by vaccination.