Covishield vaccine Security| ‘Covishield gives 93 percent protection from Kovid, reduces death rate by 98 percent’
New Delhi: The government on Tuesday referred to a study conducted by the Armed Forces Medical College during the second wave of COVID-19 that spread rapidly due to the delta form of the coronavirus in the country, saying that Kovidshield provides 93 percent protection against the pandemic and the mortality rate. 98 percent reduction.
VK Paul said, ’93 per cent protection was observed (those who were vaccinated against Kovidshield) and it was during the second wave that spread due to the delta virus…the mortality rate also saw a 98 per cent reduction.’
Emphasizing on the usefulness of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19, Paul said getting vaccinated reduces infection but it is not an absolute guarantee. “No vaccine guarantees that infection will not occur, but serious disease is prevented and virtually eliminated,” he said. I would request you to please stay alert, be vigilant and be careful in the weeks and months ahead as you trust our vaccines.
‘Recommendation to increase interval between two doses of Covishield based on scientific evidence’
The government stated that the recommendation made by the expert group to extend the time interval between the two doses of Covishield vaccine was based on scientific evidence in a transparent manner. This information was given by the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Bharti Praveen Pawar in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. In the meeting of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, none of the members had expressed any disagreement with regard to the recommendation, he said.
NTAGI’s COVID Working Group’s recommendation to increase the interval between the first and second doses of the Kovidshield vaccine to 12 to 16 weeks was based exclusively on scientific evidence from the UK and global guidelines from the World Health Organization. Pawar said that This recommendation was considered and the ‘National Expert Group on Immunization for COVID-19’ (NEGVAC) also made this recommendation. The Union Health and Family Welfare has accepted the recommendation to increase the interval between the first and second doses of the Kovidhield vaccine to 12 to 16 weeks.
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