Pandemic-The world may regain normalcy at 75% global vaccination
23 Dec 2021
The pandemic world would be enabled for a return to normalcy while the vaccination reach the target 70% to 85% of the global population. The boosters may also be required to keep the disease in check and control. Whereas on a global scale, the level of vaccination and administering the booster dose are not quite satisfactory.
According to infectious-disease experts while vaccinating 70% to 85% of the global population the world would be enabled for a return to normalcy. But boosters may be required to keep the disease in check and control. Whereas on a global scale, the level of vaccination is not quite satisfactory.
At the current pace of vaccination only 9.09 million people are getting their first shots each day. In such grave situation the goal of either halting or check and control of the pandemic remains elusive. However, the manufacturing capacity of vaccine and the emergence of new vaccines seems to be a blessing to the global community.
The current scenario hope that the vaccination drive as such for the next five months would be able achieve the safe-zone target of fully vaccinated community to the safe target of 75%. Currently only 38 countries have so far reached to the safe-targeted scale of 75%.
The topers in the fully vaccinated community are China (85%), Chile (86%), Portugal (88%), Singapore (83%), Malta (88%), Maldives (98%), and Gibraltar (117%). It is pathetic to note that India could achieve only (41%). In the case of administering the decisive booster dose the toppers are Gibraltar (79%), Chile and Bahrain (53%), and Iceland (55%).
However, the new research studies from Scotland and South Africa has found that the people infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus are proved to have lower risk of hospitalization than those who contracted earlier versions of the corona virus. The studies also ascertained that those vaccinated prior infection could ward off severe illness with the fast-spreading strain, Omicron.
However, it has been proved that Omicron has much increased transmissibility. But at the same time the gravity of this strain is depending on the local conditions of the virus-effected environment and its proportion of the population to the vaccinated community.
The University of Edinburgh study shows that the health records of 5.4 million people in Scotland, found the risk of hospitalization with Covid-19 was two-thirds lower with Omicron than with Delta.
In a separate study published online by researchers at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases similarly found people infected with Omicron were 70% to 80% less likely to need hospitalization when compared to that of Delta variant. The risk of severe complications such as needing oxygen or intensive care, was also found reduced with Omicron. The evidences confirm that Omicron infections tend to be milder in populations with high levels of immunity, whether from vaccination or prior infection.
The overall scenario shows that omicron as it moves through the community month by month and then eventually year by year will be a milder one. But, It doesn’t mean that the virus fundamentally less virulent. Whereas it means that it naturally built up a lot more protection in the population, in the form of herd immunity. Hence, all preventive measures such as social distancing, sanitizing and wearing of masks should be continued until the virus is vanished exclusively.