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Covid may become more manageable in 6 months: NCDC chief Dr Sujeet Singh

Prime News, National, Health, Disease, Vaccine, New Delhi, September 16:- Covid will start becoming endemic in India in the next six months, a top expert has said, asserting that a new variant can’t alone bring the third wave of infections.

“This pandemic has defied most of our predictions but in the next six months, we will approach endemic status,” Dr Sujeet Singh, the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

Dr Singh said Covid becoming endemic would mean the infection becoming more manageable and easier on the health infrastructure.

“If the mortality and morbidity is under control, then we can manage the disease,” he said, adding that Kerala, which had a large susceptible pool, is also emerging from the raging Covid crisis it was battling a few weeks ago.

Vaccination is the biggest protection against the coronavirus, stressed Dr Singh.

“75 crore people have been vaccinated. If vaccine effectiveness is 70 percent, then around 50 crore people in India have got immunity. A single dose gives 30-31% immunity. So the 30 crore people, who have received a single dose, are also immunised,” he said.

The expert warned that even after vaccination people need to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. Breakthrough infections, or fully-vaccinated people getting infected, will happen in 20-30 percent of cases, Dr Singh said.

“Breakthrough infections are also because of the new variants. Scientists say within 70 to 100 days of vaccination the immunity level starts dropping,” he explained.

It is through more exposure to the virus and vaccination that the infections would reduce, Dr Singh said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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