8C
Delhi
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Current vaccines will protect against new Covid strains: Govt

- Advertisement -

US sees more Covid-19 deaths in December than beforeNew Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) The Centre on Tuesday assured that the vaccines in the pipeline in India and across the globe will protect people against the mutations in SARS-CoV-2 found in the UK and South Africa.

Principal scientific advisor to the government, Prof Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan, told a press conference that there is no need to worry about the efficacy of vaccines in regard to the reported variants of novel coronavirus at this stage.

“There are changes reported in the variants of the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 and the vaccines target these proteins to build shield against the effect of the virus. People are concerned whether the current vaccines would work against these variants or not? But the changes in the variants are not sufficient to make the vaccine ineffective since it stimulates our immune system to produce a wide range of protective antibodies,” Raghavan said.

READ ALSO:  WHO declares health emergency as coronavirus cases rise to 7,800

“There is no evidence to suggest that the current vaccines will fail to protect against Covid-19 variants reported from the UK and South Africa,” he stated.

Early in the day, the Union Health Ministry had informed that a total of six UK returnees have been found positive with the UK variant in the genome sequencing study at different laboratories. Three of these were detected in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, two in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune.

READ ALSO:  Temporary effect of global slowdown on Indian Economy: Shah

The ministry also said that all these persons have been kept in single room isolation in designated health care facilities by respective state governments. Meanwhile, their close contacts have also been put under quarantine.

“Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on,” the ministry said.

READ ALSO:  Many careers could end if no plan in place for financial aid: Bhupathi

Source: IANS

India Updates
India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

Follow Us On

Related News

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Topics In India

Covid 19 India Updates

Trending News In India

Trending Showbiz

Trending Sports

Latest Trending News In India

Farmers’ violence on R-Day a well-planned conspiracy: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The BJP on Tuesday said there was a well-planned conspiracy behind the farmers' tractor parade turning violent in the...

India not too important for England as they rest key players

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS): England are not putting their best team up for the four-Test India series that begins next month despite knowing that...

Faster recovery from Covid restrictions to boost India’s growth to 11%: Gopinath

By Arul Louis (IANS) India is coming back much faster than expected from the Covid-19 restrictions leading to a hike in projections for its...

Delhi Police caught off guard by breach of trust by protesters?

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) When the Delhi police entered into an agreement with the protesting farmers, little did they realise there were chances...