Will COVID drugs help us fight the virus and are they effective? Do persons who have been vaccinated have to take COVID pills? Amid an increase in Omicron variant infections, there has been discussion regarding whether COVID pills are necessary to combat the novel coronavirus. Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, said on Friday that scientific evidence on antiviral Covid tablets does not support their usage at this time because it has been discovered that they must be taken earlier, even before the condition is diagnosed.

In a briefing on the current situation of COVID and novel variant Omicron in the country, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava remarked, “There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines are not effective against Omicron variant.”

According to WHO research, Omicron is likely to surpass the Delta variation where community transmission occurs. According to the ICMR Director-General, it is critical to have low-intensity celebrations and to avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings.

Luv Agarwal, Joint Secretary of State for Health, stated that new Covid cases have been recorded at a rate of less than 10,000 for the past 20 days. The case positive rate for the previous week was 0.65%. Kerala currently accounts for 40.31 percent of the total number of active cases in the country, according to him.

According to him, India is delivering Covid-19 vaccine doses at the highest rate in the world, with a daily rate of doses administered that is 4.8 times that of the United States and 12.5 times that of the United Kingdom.

He said that 101 Omicron instances have been documented across 11 states so far, which is a novel Covid variety.

“A new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic is being experienced in Europe with a significant spike in cases,” said Dr. V.K. Paul, Member, Health, NITI Aayog.

When it comes to genome sequencing, he claims that it is impossible to sequence every sample.

“At the moment, it’s a tool for monitoring and pandemic evaluation and tracking, not a diagnostic tool.”

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