digital desk, New Delhi. Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said on Tuesday that India does not need a booster dose at this time.
Guleria said that there has been no surge in such cases at this time, which shows that vaccines still protect against coronavirus.
For now, there is no need for a vaccine booster dose or a third dose, he said.
He said, it is unlikely that the third wave of Kovid-19 will hit India compared to the first and second and the epidemic will take an endemic form over time. We will keep getting cases, but the seriousness about it will be very less.
Dr. Guleria was speaking at the release of a book Going Viral: Making of Covaccine – The Inside Story. This book has been written by Dr. Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research.
The AIIMS director said that when H1N1 arrived in India, vaccines were imported from abroad. From importing vaccines to manufacturing our indigenous vaccines, we have come a long way. Today, our COVID vaccines are being exported to other countries.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr. VK. Paul said the decision on the third dose should be based on science.
The book Going Viral.. is an attempt to take readers through the journey of developing India’s first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine.
Talking about his book, Dr. Bhargava said, India’s indigenous vaccine development is a true example of public-private-partnership marked with trust and transparency.