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ICMR Says Covid-19 Reinfections are ‘Very Rare’, Not a Matter of Serious Concern

A fisherwoman is seen at a fish market amidst the unfold of the coronavirus illness in Mumbai. (Reuters)

Responding to a query on the difficulty, ICMR DG Balram Bhargava informed a press convention that reinfection was “very, very rare” with COVID-19, however it might occur as had been seen in a case in Hong Kong.

  • PTI New Delhi
  • Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 9:24 PM IST


Coronavirus reinfection is feasible despite the fact that it’s a “very rare” incidence, ICMR DG Balram Bhargava stated on Tuesday and harassed that it’s not a matter of great concern. The remarks come amid suspected instances of COVID-19 reinfection being reported from overseas and from Indian states like Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat, Punjab and Maharashtra.

Responding to a query on the difficulty, Bhargava informed a press convention that reinfection was “very, very rare” with COVID-19, however it might occur as had been seen in a case in Hong Kong. “We have seen that somebody will get measles and he’s imagined to be protected all his life as a result of he generates sure antibodies, however then we now have seen reinfection occurring in measles.

“Similarly, we will have reinfection with COVID-19 as has been described by the case in Hong Kong and it’s not a matter of great concern, Bhargava stated. In an earlier press convention, he had stated that there was a must learn the way lengthy the immunity lasts towards the an infection.

On coronavirus vaccine improvement, the ICMR director common stated three vaccines are at scientific trial levels within the nation and two indigenously ones developed by Cadila and Bharat Biotech have accomplished phase-I trial. The outcomes are being analysed they usually have accomplished recruitment for the second section, he stated.

Serum Institute of India has accomplished section II-B3 trials of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate. There was a pause of seven days. They will begin the phase-III trial with 1,500 sufferers at 14 places in India after clearances, Bhargava stated. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had directed Serum Institute of India to droop any new recruitment within the phase-II and III scientific trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate until additional orders within the backdrop of pharma big AstraZeneca pausing the scientific trials in different international locations.

Speaking concerning the vaccine developed in Russia, the ICMR DG stated their first examine of 76 sufferers has been printed within the journal Lancet, which is displaying good effectiveness and immune-antibody technology. He stated Russia has not but accomplished Phase-III trial. Dialogues are occurring between the High-Level Committee on Vaccines and the Russian diplomats concerning the mechanisms for conducting Phase-III trial in India, he stated.

British-Swedish biopharmaceutical big AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford had on Saturday stated that scientific trials for his or her coronavirus vaccine have resumed within the United Kingdom after Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Agency (MHRA) confirmed that the trials had been protected. The human trials resumed days after a pause had been introduced within the trials after an adversarial response in one of many members.

Addressing a question on the nationwide sero-survey, Bhargava stated the survey, which was accomplished in April-May and is being repeated after three months, has been accomplished in 68 out of 70 districts. After evaluation of the outcomes by this month finish, the 2 research may be in contrast, he stated. The senior official added that the sero-survey additionally brings out an infection fatality fee, which was discovered to be between 0.5-0.6 within the final nationwide sero-survey, which was a lot under than in lots of different international locations.

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