COVID-19 Vaccines India Efficacy – Voice of Biotecnika
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Today as we stand in the midst of the decline in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, every individual is desperate to get vaccinated against the different strains of COVID-19. Several pharmaceutical companies around the world have developed vaccines that can provide immunity against COVID-19.
The latest news update mentions that 257 million doses of the COVID vaccine have been given in India. Still, many a re hesitant towards vaccines as some are not aware of the different vaccines, I have observed many enquiring what is the difference between various vaccines, which one should be preferred? Well…All of them can trigger immune responses in our bodies to protect us from the coronavirus, and each of them is different, but do you know why? Let us find it out.
Hello, everyone! Today I am your host Dr Violet, and we will be discussing some intriguing facts about the different vaccines.
To start with let’s talk about the most well known Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which is expected to be available in India by July. It’s an mRNA vaccine. Usually, to trigger an immune response, many vaccines inject a weakened or inactivated germ out into bodies but it’s not the case with mRNA vaccines. Instead, here the mRNA guides our body to make a protein—or a part of a protein— to make the Spike protein found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. that is capable of triggering an immune response inside our bodies. These vaccines are injected into the upper arm muscle and once the mRNA goes inside immune cells, it makes a protein that is recognized by our immune system as a foreign protein and generates an immune response. After the mRNA instructs the immune cells, the mRNA is immediately broken down, so it never gets a chance to enter the nucleus of the host cells, where the genetic material DNA is present. It shows 95 per cent effectiveness in preventing infection in individuals with no prior infections. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and another vaccine ie. the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are examples of mRNA vaccines.
Next let’s know about the Covishield, which is the local name for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and is being manufactured locally by the Serum Institute of India.
There is a lot of talk on vaccines and the different varieties available. We all have our own reservations, hesitations, doubts and uncertainty concerning these vaccines. We have heard high praise and preference for the Pfizer vaccine, but now what about Covishield? I am sure all of you are wondering about the same. So make sure you listen to the podcast for more information on all the vaccines.
So, Biotecnikans what is your thought on the various types of vaccines. Now that you have a better understanding of the formulation and every other detail about the vaccine, why the wait. Get vaccinated, to stay safe from the Coronavirus. Do share your views. Thank you for listening and stay tuned for more discussions on the platform of the Voice of Biotecnika.
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