New Delhi: With the discovery of a new virus variant of the corona virus in the world, many are wondering whether the vaccines currently in use can prevent. Experts say that covishield and covaccine can fight against Omicron virus.
Although the effectiveness of the new vaccine may be challenging, vaccines currently in use can prevent hospitalization and death. People should take two doses of the vaccine to avoid infection from such strains. Raman Gangakhedkar, a former head of the Council of Medical Research's (ICMR Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division) and a senior scientist, said that in addition, social distance should be maintained and special attention should be paid to wearing a mask.
Gangadkar is one of 26 members of the World Health Organization (WHO), which was commissioned to study the origin of pathogens such as Sans COV-2. There is not enough data yet to understand Omicron's ability to avoid the vaccine or the immune response to natural infections.
Sanjay Pujari, an epidemiologist who is a member of the National Covid Task Force, said more studies are needed to define whether currently available vaccines can save a person from serious diseases caused by an omicron.
At the same time, vaccine expert Prasad Kulkarni of the Serum Institute of India said that currently used vaccines provide protection against omicron. He also added that there is nothing to worry about the new variant.