New Delhi ∙ Kovid vaccines may also be effective against omicron, says Michael Ryan, emergency director of the World Health Organization. He said that although the effect may be diminished, there is no evidence that omicron will completely overcome the immunity provided by the vaccine. Anthony Fouchi, the US president’s health adviser, said there was no evidence that Omicron was more dangerous than the Delta variant.
Companies Pfizer and Modena have come out claiming that a third dose of the vaccine will be effective against Omicron. At the same time, studies have shown that the Pfizer vaccine is not as effective against the omicron variant. Indications are that the booster dose will still work.
Omicron threat in 57 countries
The World Health Organization’s epidemiological report states that Omicron cases have been reported in 57 countries so far. The number of cases has risen in countries including South Africa.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said that compulsory vaccination is unacceptable. The response comes as some countries are taking steps to make the vaccine mandatory.
Booster dose: NIV sought opinion
New Delhi: The National Institute of Virology (NIV) has sought a report on the effectiveness of the current vaccine against the omicron variant. Their response will also take into account the final decision on the booster dose and vaccine for children. The National Technical Advisory Council, which met yesterday, was of the opinion that the booster dose could be switched on if it was confirmed that it would work against Omicron. Based on this, Kovshield and Kovaxin were instructed to inform NIV of how they would react to Omicron.
‘RT Lamp’ in two weeks
The ‘RT Lamp’, which enables rapid Kovid inspection, including at airports, will be launched in two weeks. The kit, developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), can significantly reduce the time and cost of testing. It also started industrial production in Chennai and Delhi. Companies were instructed to significantly increase production. Results are known within 30–40 minutes. The ICMR indicated that the cost would be within Rs 3,000.
Saudi makes booster dose mandatory for shopping
Riyadh: The Kovid vaccine booster dose will be mandatory from February 1 for entry into commercial and commercial establishments in Saudi Arabia. Boosters can be given to people over 18 years of age who have been vaccinated for 6 months. The booster dose will be mandatory for participation in economic, commercial, cultural, sports, tourism and public and private events.
English Summary: Covid vaccine effective against omicron variant