The Director of AIIMS, Randeep Guleria on Monday said that to prevent further mutations of the Covid-19 virus, equitable distribution of its vaccines across the globe is necessary. “It is also important that there should be equitable distribution of vaccines across the world. If that does not happen the virus will continue to mutate. No one is safe unless everyone is safe,” he said during an inaugural session of a two-day lecture program organized by the Centre of Canadian, US and Latin America Studies of Jawaharlal National University (JNU).
Talking about the vaccination drive in India, Dr Guleria said, “Almost 97 per cent of the Indian population above and at the age of 18 have already received their first dose of vaccine and this is a remarkable achievement. We have the biggest and the best vaccine program in the world.”
The Covid-19 virus will gradually become an endemic but it is not going to disappear. As far as the infection is concerned, it will continue to exist.
India has so far administered over 180 crore doses of vaccines so far. The country saw a major spike in new Covid-19 cases, led by the Omicron variant, which is now showing a continuous reducing trend. As many as 2,503 Covid cases were reported on Monday in the country, which is the lowest daily rise of 680 days.