The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is extremely dangerous. There are already more than 3 lakh cases coming every day in India. The situations are becoming tough and equally challenging for the government and the people. There is a lack of oxygen supplies, medicines, injections, and also beds. The second wave has shown the bitter reality of the healthcare sector in India. However, there is one thing that comes as a ray of hope is COVID-19 vaccines. The expert claims that COVID-19 vaccines are proving to be game-changers and the reinfections are extremely rare.
Faheem Younus, MD, Vice President, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, revealed through his tweet that COVID-19 vaccines are impactful and effective compared to a regular flu shot. Faheem Younus called the vaccines a Game Changer. He stated,
“I haven’t seen a SINGLE fully vaccinated patient hospitalized with COVID. It’s exceedingly rare (<0.008%). But every year I treat influenza patients who had previously received the flu shot. COVID vaccines are game changers.”
Faheem Younus is from the US, and in the US, the vaccines that are under circulation are Moderna, Pfizer, and recently, Johnson and Johnson was paused. Moderna and Pfizer are offering up to 95% effectiveness against coronavirus.
I haven’t seen a SINGLE fully vaccinated patient hospitalized with COVID. It’s exceedingly rare (<0.008%).
But every year I treat influenza patients who had previously received the flu shot.
COVID vaccines are game changers.https://t.co/64reLSvdPq
— Faheem Younus, MD (@FaheemYounus) April 21, 2021
In a recent press conference, Balram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR, stated that the number of infections caused after vaccination is less than one would imagine. Covishield and Covaxin are 60-70% and 78% effective, respectively. 1.1 crore of Covaxin have been used and out of which 93 lakh individuals received the first dose. Of 93 lakhs, only 4208 individuals reported getting infected.
For another vaccine, Covishield, 11.6 crore doses of vaccine approximately have been administered. Out of which 10 crores have received the first dose. From this, 17,000, which is only two individuals per 10,000, got reinfected (0.02 percent).
According to Balram Bhargava, 0.04 percent or four individuals per 10,000 (0.04 percent). Out of the remaining recipients of the second dose, around 17,37,000, only 695 were found to be COVID-19 positive. It is around four individuals per 10,000. (0.04 percent). Balram Bhargava reiterated that only 2-4 in 10000 breakthroughs have reinfections.