The institute of life sciences, Bhubaneswar reported that around 20 per cent of the fully vaccinated people in Odisha have not developed antibodies against SARS-CoV2. The director, Dr Ajay Parida affirmed that more than 10 lakhs people in Bhubaneswar and 61.32 lakhs people in Odisha have been vaccinated with both the doses but they may still require booster doses.
Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) was established in the year 1989 and in July 2003 the former Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee dedicated the institute to the nation. It has a broad vision of carrying out high-quality multidisciplinary research in the area of life sciences. Being a part of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG), ILS is one of the 28 labs across India, equipped to sequence genomes of the coronavirus for emerging variants
The ILS director said, “Though the antibody level is 30,000 to 40,000 in some Covid infected people, it is below 50 in a significant number of vaccinated individuals. If the antibody level is 60 to 100, then we can say the person is antibody positive. This fact is revealed through an antibody genome sequencing study.”
He further said that due to individual difference in genetic order, some people have been unable to develop antibodies against the virus and that the Central government is planning for mulling of a third dose, or a booster dose, for people who have not developed antibodies despite getting double doses of the vaccine.
Children, adolescents and 20 per cent vaccinated adults are vulnerable to Covid-19 infection and hence, need to be more careful during the possible third wave. He stated the potency of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines are only 70 to 80 per cent.
The decision regarding the booster dose will be taken soon by the ICMR and cogitation is on whether the people with little antibodies require the vaccine of the same or different brand. Dr Parida also said that no new variant of the virus except Delta Plus has been found in India so far. “We have tested around 600 samples across the country, but didn’t find any new mutant of the virus. If we are careful enough, we will manage to avoid the third wave of the pandemic,” mentioned Dr. Parida.