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Herd immunity not a strategic choice or option in India: govt

Jul 30, 2020 17:39 IST

The Health Ministry on Thursday said, that herd immunity against Covid-19 is not a strategic choice or option in India.
Govt officials in the daily briefing on Covid-19 told the media, that herd immunity is a kind of indirect protection from Covid-19 but it can happen only when a population becomes immune either through vaccination or immunity is developed through previous infection.
The govt said building herd immunity without vaccination, in a country with India's population, is not a strategic choice or option, adding that it can only be an outcome and that too at a very high cost.
Interestingly, a recent sero survey showed that about six in ten people living in some of the biggest slums in the country have developed antibodies for the novel coronavirus indicating they've recovered from infection.
The Scientific Advisory Committee of National Institute of Epidemiology which conducted the study across three suburbs in the country's financial capital, said Mumbai's slums may have reached herd immunity.

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