19 June 2021 22:29

Pharmaceutical tycoon compares COVID vaccination confusion to Indian arranged marriage

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has compared the COVID-19 vaccination situation in the India to an arranged marriage.

Australia-educated Mazumdar-Shaw is presently the Executive Chairperson of Biocon Limited – Asia’s leading Biopharmaceuticals enterprise.

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Image source: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Biocon.

She compared the two while highlighting the confusion that has surrounded the entire vaccination process in India.

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw tweeted:

“The vaccine situation in India is like arranged marriage. First u r not ready, then u don’t like any, then u don’t get any!! Those who got are unhappy thinking may be the other one would have been better. Those who did not get any are willing to get any one.”

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Vaccination hesitancy and technology have speed-bumped India’s inoculation drive right from the start. The history of vaccines is replete with stories of fear and misgivings on their side-effects or inefficacy of a new vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines experienced nothing different.

Experts say that an open and congruous approach is essential for mitigating myths and fears around Covid-19 vaccines.

Indian media has earlier reported that there are many reasons that are impacting people’s trust in the vaccine. A few cases of fully vaccinated people contracting the infection is one of them.

Medical experts explain that we should not forget that no single vaccine can provide 100% protection.
For example, the annual influenza vaccine offers only 40% to 60% protection, and a measles vaccine offers only 97% protection. Similarly, no Covid-19 developed in India or outside, offer 100% protection.

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However, this cannot negate the benefits of the vaccine, which significantly lowers the level of the infection, and even if contracted after getting fully vaccinated will always protect from a fatal infection. Indian Council of Medical Research in a report recently shared said that only 2-4 people in 10,000 were found to get infected after getting both doses.

So they are requesting people to go out and get COVID19 vaccine as soon as possible.

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