National ICMR chief says no scientific evidence to support need for booster vaccine dose against covid

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava says that no scientific evidence has emerged so far to support the need for a booster dose of an anti-Covid vaccine against corona infection.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava says that no scientific evidence has emerged so far to support the need for a booster dose of an anti-Covid vaccine against corona infection. He (ICMR Director-General Dr. Balram Bhargava) said on Monday that the priority of the government at present is to provide both doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine to all the adult population of the country.

Sources said that the issue of giving booster doses is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization in India (NTAGI). At present, the priority of the government is to provide a second dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine to all the adult population. Also, ensure that the whole world including India is vaccinated. Recently, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said that there is ample stock of anti-Covid vaccine in the country and the government aims to provide both doses of the vaccine to all adults.

On the issue of giving booster doses of the vaccine, the Union Health Minister said that the government cannot take any direct decision on this issue. A decision in this regard will be taken only based on the recommendations of the experts. He said that as far as the booster dose of the vaccine is concerned, when the ICMR and the team of experts say that a booster dose should be given, then we will consider it. Prime Minister Modi has also said time and again that the decisions to be taken regarding vaccination will depend on the opinion of experts...

According to officials, about 82 percent of the eligible population in the country have been given the first dose of the vaccine, while about 43 percent have been given both doses of the vaccine. At present, more than 116.87 crore doses of the anti-Covid vaccine have been given in the country. The government has launched a month-long 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign for the complete immunization of all adults. If sources are to be believed, the government has planned several measures, including weekly or monthly lucky draws, to encourage people to go for full immunization.