After the new report in Britain, the Union Health Ministry responded on Friday amid an appeal to reduce the gap between the two doses of Kovidshield vaccine. The ministry has said that there is no need to panic and such decisions will be taken after careful examination by experts. On the suggestion that people who have recovered from Corona should not be vaccinated, the ministry said that such a debate can happen, but any change in the current vaccination policy requires consideration of the larger scenario.
NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul said, “It is a dynamic process. There is no fundamentalist ideology in science. Our experts will consider the latest developments and take a decision.” Only last month in India, the gap between two doses of Covishield was increased from 12 to 16 weeks. This difference was widened after international studies that claimed that the first dose provided significant protection and that increasing the gap in the second dose increased its effect.
A recent study by Public Health England has claimed that the protection provided after the first dose may be less than expected. After this, the difference between the two doses of the vaccine has started being lost. In Northern Ireland this difference has been reduced from 10-12 weeks to 8 weeks.
The latest study states that the first dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine provides 33 percent protection against the delta variant of the corona virus. After the second dose, this protection increases to 60 per cent against the delta variant. The delta variant was first found in India and is said to be responsible for the second wave of corona infection in the country.