No Evidence To Suggest Existing Vaccines Don’t Work On Omicron: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that there is no evidence to suggest that existing Covid vaccines do not work on the Omicron variant.

According to the official reports, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Rajya Sabha said- “While there is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on Omicron, some of the mutations reported on spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines.”

He was asked that whether the vaccines being administered in the country are effective to develop immunity against the Omicron variant, to which he replied that the house that there is limited available data, and no peer-reviewed evidence, on vaccine efficacy or effectiveness to date for Omicron. However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved.

He further added that vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease and, vaccination with the available vaccines remains crucial,” he emphasised.

The number of cases of new Covid strain Omicron has crossed the 200 -mark in India. However, out of them, 77 patients have recovered or migrated. Further, all states and UTs have been asked to gear up against the Omicron variant as it is three times more transmissible than the Delta variant, and formulate a strategy that can ensure the infection is contained at the local level itself before it spreads to other parts of the state.


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