Covid-19 vaccines are estimated to have prevented nearly 1.98 crores of deaths worldwide – out of a potential 3.14 crores of deaths – in the first year of the vaccination program, a new modeling study has found. Among them, 42.10 lakh deaths were averted in India. The study was published in The Lancet Infectious Disease.
According to a June 21 report from the Indian Consortium for SARS-CoV-2 Genomics (INSACOG), 44 samples from Bangalore sent for genome sequencing between June 2 and 9 were found to be infected with BA.3, BA.4 and BA. 5 sub-lineages of the Covid Omicron variant. This development comes after a recent report by the Effluent Authority also showed the presence of the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sublines in the city. On the recommendation of the Covid Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the Ministry of Health established a Wastewater Surveillance Assessment Committee on June 7, led by committee chairman M.K. Sudarshan.
The largest study to date on long-term Covid symptoms in children aged 0-14 years confirms that children diagnosed with Covid-19 may experience long-term Covid symptoms lasting at least two months. The study, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, used a national sample of children in Denmark and compared positive cases of Covid-19 with a control group of children who had not previously had Covid-19 infection.