New Alert : India doesn't yet have COVID-19 safety armour necessary to start reopening, says virologist

NewsDesk    10-Oct-2021
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Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded health workers involved in taking COVID-19 vaccination to remotest corners of the country. He was responding to a tweet by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya who had posted a video of health workers carrying the vaccines and navigating a tough terrain, and said their contribution in keeping the country safe will be remembered forever. The percentage of India's population vaccinated against COVID-19 is very low, renowned virologist Dr W. Ian Lipkin said and opined the country does not yet have the sort of safety armour needed to start reopening. "Masking, even if these masks are not what I would consider state-of-the-art can also be useful. But people need to change the way they think about themselves and others and be less selfish," Lipkin added.Addressing India Today Conclave 2021, he said India has the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world which the country should be proud of.India logged 18,166 new coronavirus infections taking the country's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,39,53,475, while the active cases declined to 2,30,971, the lowest in 208 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on October 10.