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Two shots helped in preventing deaths by 95% in Covid 2nd wave: ICMR

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Two shots helped in preventing deaths by 95% in Covid 2nd wave: ICMR

New Delhi: As the government is urging people to get their vaccine shots against deadly coronavirus, it cited a study conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that two doses of Covid vaccine helped cut 95% deaths due to Covid-19 complexities during the second wave, whereas deaths were lower by 82% among those jabbed with one dose. The study was conducted by ICMR among more than 1.2 lakh police personnel, who were at high risk of infection, in Tamil Nadu.

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The study also assumes significance as it was conducted during the second wave which was mostly driven by the spread of Delta variant, implying that the vaccine is effective against the variant that has been found to be highly transmissible as well as virulent, resulting in large number of deaths during the second wave.

The findings of the study were presented by NITI Aayog member-health Dr V K Paul on Friday, reiterating the importance of vaccination in preventing severe infection and deaths. 

Under this study, about 1,17,524 police personnel were analysed, out of which those unvaccinated were 17,059, while those who received one dose were 32,792 and those fully vaccinated were 67,673.

Findings of the study show the incidence of death due to Covid-19 was 1.17 per 1000 among those who were unvaccinated, whereas it reduced to 0.21 per 1000 in the group that received one dose of Covid jabs.

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The death rate dropped to 0.06 per 1,000 among people fully vaccinated with two doses of Covid vaccines. “We would like to reiterate that our vaccines are effective and hugely safe,” Dr Paul said.

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