COVID 19 VACCINE EMERGENCY ROLL OUT! IS IT AN EMERGENCY ANYMORE?

Dr DEEPAN P SHAH (MD)

EMERGENCY ROLL OUT OF COVID-19 VACCINE, BUT WITH MILLIONS ALREADY WITH CIRCULATING ANTIBODIES AND FALL IN NEW CASES AND MORTALITY IN INDIA, IS IT AN EMERGENCY SITUATION ANYMORE?

After every vaccination in general body doesn’t remain the same as before as now it has some additional circulating antibodies which earlier were not being produced in body, this changes the whole complex dynamics of interaction beyween multiple systemic components of body and also the epigenome and genome. This may have immediated or delayed, slow and gradually developing complications which might not be evident initially for many years!

Vaccines needs to be time tested, there are not only immediate reactions but also long run late developing complications associated with vaccines which need to be evaluated for years before rolling it out in market.

In emergency situations they may skip certain regular protocols to release vaccine if Risk- to -Reward ratio is good.

Looking at current scenerio in India we are observing that most of the country is functioning almost at its pre-pandemic levels, still the cases have fallen and also the mortality rate is falling.

Reason being many of us have already developed immunity against COVID 19 and have circulating antibodies in our blood.

With time and subsequent chain of transmissions, also the virus mutates and may form many various strains. Few new mutated strains may be stronger and few may be milder for humans, these milder strains acts as a sheild or natural vaccine against many stronger strains. As individuals infected with these milder strains may not develop severe symptoms and develop antibodies which will drive immunity against many other stronger strains as well.

So when we see on-ground reality that the fresh infection cases are falling with reduced severity and mortality, we should re-think that wether now its required to emergency roll out vaccine now with fast declining cases and deaths in India.

Don’t we need to think again before emergency roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines for mass vaccination, in interest of health of masses, leaving aside the interests of big pharma giants, with falling cases wether its still an emergency situation in India!

And if still its evaluated an emergency situation then why not to make it mandatory to get antibody test done before vaccination, to exclude those who already have circulating antobodies and/or have past record of COVID-19 infection may not require the vaccine thus reducing unnecessary vaccinating many who actually dont require.

Just because the vaccine has been developed and billions of dollars and scientist hours are being invested doesn’t mean that we emergency roll out and vaccinate everyone at collosal scale even those who actually don’t require or are at risk of developing vaccine complications!

There are countries where the impact and severity is still high and pandemic is still causing havoc, for such countries definitely vaccines will prove saviour.

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