Are there clinical trial data to support a homologous vaccine booster?

While data from a homologous booster clinical trial has now become available for Covaxin, there is no supporting data from India for Covishield. Yet, Covishield makes for up to 90% of vaccines administered to adults so far in India. On January 5, five days before the roll-out of the ‘protection dose’, scientifically called a third … Continue reading Are there clinical trial data to support a homologous vaccine booster?

Can vaccination of healthcare workers be made mandatory?

On July 12, France made it mandatory for healthcare workers to get vaccinated. Likewise, Greece and Italy too have made vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers from fall this year. In the U.K., care home workers would be required by law to have the COVID-19 vaccination. But if the core argument of compulsory vaccination is to … Continue reading Can vaccination of healthcare workers be made mandatory?

IGIB: In vaccinated people, Covishield first dose is highly immunogenic if already infected

In a small study involving just 135 health-care workers who were vaccinated with Covishield, IGIB researchers found that antibody levels are significantly higher in those already infected prior to the first dose of vaccination compared with virus-naïve individuals. At day 14, antibodies were detectable in health-care workers who were not infected prior to vaccination, and … Continue reading IGIB: In vaccinated people, Covishield first dose is highly immunogenic if already infected

At last, legal protection for healthcare workers comes true

Symbolic gestures such as clapping hands and lighting candles in recognition of healthcare workers' selfless service during these trying times do not bolster their morale as much as understanding and support from the society does. Since the first case of novel coronavirus infection in the country was reported in end-January, there have been many instances … Continue reading At last, legal protection for healthcare workers comes true