Will we find a vaccine for COVID-19?
June 18, 2020

Will we find a vaccine for COVID-19?

The discovery of vaccines has led to the near eradication of several important diseases and has had a tremendous impact on health for a relatively low cost.
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Vaccine is used to help the immune system develop protection from a disease. Vaccines contain a microorganism or virus in a weakened, live or killed state, or proteins or toxins from the organism. In stimulating the body’s adaptive immunity, they help prevent sickness from an infectious disease. Vaccines prevent the spread of contagious, dangerous, and deadly diseases. These include measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria, HPV but not yet COVID-19.

Despite the progress, there are many challenges that need to be addressed, reaching out to the target located in the remotest parts of the country, carrying out the vaccinations as per immunisation protocols, community mobilisation of the society towards acceptance of vaccination and maintaining the cold chain of the vaccines in extreme hot and cold conditions, are among many of the challenges associated with immunisation coverage.

Nevertheless there is proper vaccination to save lives and control disease, only 65 per cent of children in India receive full immunization during the first year of their life. Millions of young children around the world are missing out, putting them and their communities at risk of disease and deadly outbreaks.

This is unacceptable in a world where affordable, lifesaving vaccines exist. If the situation develops, then immunisation programmes will be an immense challenge – as it is for India currently facing COVID-19.

We still have a long way to go with the COVID-19 situation. The fight with this pandemic through the tele-doctor product you could allow patients to ask questions anonymously of doctors or other specialists and get an instant reply. A virtual lifelong personal health assistant could give us advice on health behaviour and remind us of the need for regular screenings.