Vaccination alone is not enough to fight Delta COVID variant

A World Health Organization (WHO) representative suggested that vaccination along with safety measures are necessary when it comes to fighting the Delta Plus coronavirus variant, reported ANI.

On the Soloviev Live YouTube show, WHO’s representative to Russia Melita Vujnovic claimed, “Vaccination plus masks, because just a vaccine is not enough with ‘Delta’.” She further notified that we need to make an effort over a short period of time or else there would be a lockdown.

She explained that vaccination is essential as it reduces the possibility of spreading the virus and minimizes the risk of severe disease. However, additional measures will probably be required as well, she added.

The Delta variant has introduced itself in the WHO’s list of coronavirus variants of concern. The variant had become dominant and has resulted a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in some other countries.

The Delta Plus is considered to be the new mutant version of the delta strain of COVID-19. It was first detected in India and its severity is yet unknown. India have declared, the Delta Plus Coronavirus variant as a variant of concern. As yet, the Delta Plus variant have surfaced in the states namely, Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Punjab. The first death with Delta Plus variant was reported in Madhya Pradesh, earlier this week. The person was not vaccinated as well. 

During a press conference on June 25, the Union Health Ministry confirmed that there are nearly 48 Delta Plus cases reported in the country.

Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) stated, “Whenever you find a cluster, you have to contain it.” He further informed that the government have said that at this time they spread is still ‘very localized’.

The government further elaborated, “The virus strain has been isolated and is being cultured by the ICMR – NIV and the test to check its resistance to the existing COVID vaccines were ongoing.” It further stated that the ‘delta plus’ variant cases have been reported from 12 other countries.

According to ANI’s report, ICMR on Saturday confirmed that a study on the effectiveness of the existing COVID-19 vaccine against the Delta plus variant is under progress.

Regarding the third wave of COVID-19, Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology, ICMR claimed that the third wave will not be as severe as the second wave that ravaged the country in April-may and stretched the healthcare infrastructure. Furthermore he suggested that their is no need to panic about the third wave. He further notified on the need to increase the vaccination drive and COVID appropriate behavior in order to mitigate such future waves of the pandemic.

As per ANI’s report, Dr Panda expressed, “The third wave of COVID-19 won’t be as severe as the second wave. more vaccination and COVID-19 appropriate behavior could play an important role in mitigating these waves.” He also confirmed about the progress of the study on the vaccine effectiveness on Delta Plus variant of COVID-19.

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