Pfizer's vaccine not practical for rural India, challenging to maintain cold chain: AIIMS Director
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Pfizer's vaccine not practical for rural India, challenging to maintain cold chain: AIIMSDirector
AIIMS Director (Delhi) Dr Randeep Guleria reacted on the availability of the Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines in India and availability of their doses in the country.
He said that the data released by the company is very encouraging but it should be looked very carefully.
"Whatever vaccines they are making have potential of giving immunogenicity and protection as far as COVID-19 is concern," he said.
"The challenge with the vaccines is that, how long the immunity lasts and how much protective value that it gives as far as individuals are concerns," Dr Guleria added.
"He said that other challenge with the Pfizer vaccine is that the vaccine should be kept at a very low temperature which is not practical for rural parts of the country and tough to maintain the cold chain," he further said.
The director of AIIMS Dr. Randeep Guleria got COVID-19 vaccine shot in Delhi on Jan 16 in presence of Union Minister Harsh Vardhan. NITI Aayog's member Dr VK Paul also took the vaccine jab. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India today.
AIIMS Delhi Director, Dr Randeep Guleria said vaccines got approval after critical analysis by experts."It's important to understand that when we consider any vaccine, safety is paramount and therefore vaccine goes through various stages to make sure it's safe, and then only we come to human trials. All data is critically looked at by experts after which vaccine is approved," said Dr Randeep Guleria.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul said that phase 3 trial of Pfizer, Moderna is still going on but the benefits are overwhelming compared to risk. "World has decided to move forward, take benefit and ensure what's needed in this stage," he said. "Safety proven without doubt on thousands and thousands of individuals. We should respect the scientific processes that unfolded in extremely different, difficult and unusual circumstances. Today, 2 great vaccines are available. Whatever vaccine you're allotted, please take it," he added.
Urging the people to have faith in India's researchers, scientists, regulatory authorities, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Singh Guleria on Saturday reassured the nation that Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN vaccine is safe. Dr Guleria along with NITI Aayog member VK Paul were administered the COVID-19 vaccine shot at AIIMS Delhi on the inaugural day of the nationwide roll-out of vaccination on Saturday. Talking about the experience, he said, "I am humbled to get vaccinated in the first slot and feel so proud. I hope more and more people come forward when it comes to getting vaccinated so that we can reduce mortality and prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection." Dr VK Paul said that the vaccine is safe and people should trust the scientific process. Watch the full video for more details.
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