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Healthy Adults To Receive Vaccine For COVID At Later Stage, Likely 2022: Book

According to a new book ‘Till We Win: India’s Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic’, priority groups like health workers, senior citizens and those with comorbidities as well as essential workers are likely to get COVID-19 vaccine first

Healthy Adults To Receive Vaccine For COVID At Later Stage, Likely 2022: Book
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  • It will be 2-3 years before sufficient vaccines are available: Experts
  • The goal is to prevent maximum deaths: Experts

New Delhi: Even if a vaccine against the coronavirus is available by early next year, healthy adults, without any underlying illness, are not likely to receive it before 2022, according to a new book ‘Till We Win: India’s Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic’. Co-authored by AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, public policy and health systems expert Dr Chandrakant Lahariya and renowned vaccine researcher and virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang, the book is available for pre-order online and will hit the stands on December 10. “Priority groups are likely to be health workers, the elderly and those with comorbidities who are at higher risk, as well as essential workers, which will vary from country to country,” according to a frequently asked questions section in the book on who are likely to get COVID-19 vaccine first.

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The book suggests that “some vaccines may be available by early 2021”.

It is likely that first 20 per cent of the population vaccinated would have health workers, people in essential services and those with comorbidities and at high risk. In that case, a healthy adult is likely to receive vaccine at a later stage, likely in 2022, according to the book.

It will be “two to three years” before sufficient vaccines are available to vaccinate all those in need, the authors said in the book that claims to be a definitive account of India’s fight against COVID-19 and educates readers on how to deal with the pandemic in the days to come. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had recently announced a proposal to vaccinate 20 to 25 crore Indians by September next year. The book explains that the decision of which population group should be given priority for the vaccine is defined “by the purpose for which the vaccine is used”.
“If the goal is to prevent maximum deaths, vaccinating health workers and the elderly makes sense in the first phase. However, if the goal is to prevent transmission, then vaccinating younger people who interact more with others is the way to consider,” the authors said in the book.

Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute, Zydus Cadila, Panacea Biotec, Mynvax and Biological E are among the domestic pharma firms working on coronavirus vaccines. On herd immunity, the book said it is “still far for most of the country”, and that “we should be looking to a vaccine for more predictable development of immunity”.

In fact, even an “imperfect vaccine” will also protect a large proportion of people, as per the book.

Regulatory agencies have stated that the vaccine should have a point estimate of 50 per cent efficacy; this means that the results of the trials should show prevention of at least half of the disease, but because of the size of the trials, it is possible that the actual efficacy of the vaccine may be higher or lower, it was said in the book.

“Nonetheless, an imperfect vaccine will still protect a large proportion of people. Moreover, once a few vaccines are available, we can focus on improving their performance,” the authors said. Herd immunity occurs when a large number of people, usually 70 to 90 per cent, become immune to a contagious disease after being infected to it. Published by Penguin, the 338-page “Till We Win: India’s Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic” is priced at Rs 298.

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World

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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