Herd Immunity has been the widely heard option in the medical community while the pandemic is spreading its gloomy wings across the globe. Claimed to be a double-edged sword, the concept came to limelight with global media speculating the Britain medial community resorted to Herd Immunity.
It is usually a concept where a significantly high proportion of individuals are either vaccinated against the viral infections or spread the disease deliberately so that they develop antibodies to fight against it.
In the wake of a sharp spurt in the positive cases, speculation grew that the central government would soon resort to this dangerous concept to combat the pandemic in India.
However, clearing the air, R Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health addressed the media claiming that they would at any cost go for a concept like Herd Immunity.
“Given its demography and scale, a country like India cannot rely on this dangerous method. We believe that vaccine is the only method which can wipe out this viral infection,” he added.
The health ministry also stated that the medical community can, however, think about the concept when the vaccine is developed. “We need to maintain the COVID appropriate behaviour until any vaccine is created,” the secretary averred.
What Do Experts Say..?
Experts opined that if enough people are vaccinated, a virus is unable to spread through the population. However, the reality is that there is no vaccine for the coronavirus yet.
Adding to this, the second wave i.e, cases where recovered people again being infected across the world increased the risk of opting the herd immunity concept. This would be a wild decision deliberately pushing almost 10 per cent of the population into risk.