Top Indian Epidemiologist—No Scientific Basis for COVID-19 Booster Program While Pediatric Deaths due to Diarrhea/Pneumonia Double SARS-CoV-2

One of India’s top government epidemiologists and infectious disease experts recently proclaimed that there is absolutely no scientific evidence in India driving the need for a COVID-19 booster campaign. Working as the head of the Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases division for the apex Indian research institute Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr. Samiran Panda posited recently that the evidence in India just isn’t there justifying the need for a booster program, and that rather the health authorities should focus on boosting the vaccination rates. Currently 322 deaths are reported daily due to COVID-19. To put things in perspective, over 666 children die in India every day due to preventable diseases of Pneumonia and Diarrhea—more than double the total COVID-19-related deaths.

COVID-19 in India

India, the world’s second most populous nation and fifth largest economy as measured by gross domestic product (GDP)—recently passing the UK—has experienced one horrific surge of COVID-19 infections driven by the delta variant which originated on the Indian subcontinent.

But conditions have stabilized since that spike during April and May of this year.  Case...

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