The latest round of serosurvey, conducted in June and July, saw the seroprevalence after the second wave jump to 67.6 per cent. In other words, two-thirds of the respondents had antibodies to Covid-19, indicating they had been exposed to the disease or to the vaccine. That one-third are still without antibodies suggests that a third wave can potentially infect a lot of Indians. It would be unwise to expect that “herd immunity” thresholds are close to being reached as the delta variant, being more infectious, has significantly raised that threshold. So, without a proper near-universal vaccination, herd immunity may be impossible, notes our editorial. Read here
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AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria