ICMR Says It Is Studying the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines Against the Delta Plus Variant

ICMR Says It Is Studying the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines Against the Delta Plus Variant

With the COVID-19 Delta Plus variant being deemed a ‘Variant of Concern’ (VoC) by the Central Government, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has started looking into the efficacy of existing vaccines against this particular mutation of the virus. 

“We are examining samples obtained from different places to assess if they get neutralized by serum of the Covid-19 vaccine recipients. Let’s hope that the vaccine effectiveness for this variant will continue,” ICMR Scientist Dr Samiran Panda said while speaking to TOI

Dr Panda added that states should follow strict containment guidelines at regions with a high volume of Delta Plus cases and also recommended proper quarantine, treatment, and communication with the communities so as to quell fears of vaccine side effects.

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The Maharashtra Government has instituted ten sentinel sites which includes five laboratories and tertiary care hospitals. Random samples from these locations will be sent for further analysis. 

JJ Hospital has been chosen as the nodal centre for Mumbai. Officials further said that more than 100 samples will be sent from individual districts to the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) Laboratory in Delhi. 

The Union Government asked states like Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra to put containment measures in place and implement effective contact tracing in districts affected by the new Delta Plus variant. 

Maharashtra Director of Health Services, Dr Archana Patil said that the State has already passed down guidelines for impacted districts. Maharashtra has recorded 21 cases of the Delta Plus variant so far. 

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