The Union Health Ministry announced on Friday (June 25) that pregnant women can be immunised against the COVID-19. Dr Balram Bhargava, Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), stated at a press conference on behalf of the Union Health Ministry, “The Ministry of Health has given guidelines that the vaccine can be given to the pregnant woman.”
“The vaccine is beneficial to pregnant women and should be administered,” Dr. Bhargava said.
According to Dr. Bhargava, administering COVID-19 vaccines to children is still debatable until relevant data is available.
“At the moment, only one country provides vaccines to children. It’s unclear whether very young children will ever require vaccines. We would not be able to vaccinate children in large numbers until we have more data on vaccination “According to the ICMR’s director.
“However, we have begun a study on children aged 2 to 18 years, and we expect to have results by September,” he added.
During the conference, Dr. SK Singh, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), reported that 48 cases of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 coronavirus had been detected in the country so far. Dr. Singh stated, “Eight states are significant because we discovered more than half of the variant of concern. Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, and West Bengal are among them.”
“Covidshield and Covaxin are effective against SARS CoV 2 variants alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Delta Plus is available in 12 countries. In India, 48 cases have been identified, but more importantly, they have been highly localised “Dr. Bhargava stated this in relation to the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19. Delta Plus or AY.1 will always be a variant of concern (VoC) because it is derived from the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which is also a VoC, he said.
Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, reported that the recovery rate has risen to 96.7 percent.
“During the fourth week of May, 531 districts in the country reported more than 100 cases. It had dropped to 262 districts by the second week of June. Only 125 districts in the country are currently reporting more than 100 cases “Agarwal continued.