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Covid patients undergo treatment at Covid Care Centre in New Delhi | Representational image| PTI

2021’s Covid outbreak in Delhi shows herd immunity against Delta difficult, study says

The study also stated that Delta variant was 30-70% more transmissible than previous SARS-CoV-2 lineages & the 2020 Covid outbreak in Delhi was unrelated to any variant of concern.
A health worker collects samples of passengers for Covid-19 test at city railway station during lockdown in Bengaluru on 24 July 2021| PTI

Why the world may never reach herd immunity against Covid-19

New variants like Delta, which are more transmissible and have been shown to evade protections in some cases, are moving the bar for herd immunity near impossibly high levels.
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Belief in ‘herd immunity’ was biggest illusion, paved way for 2nd Covid wave, experts say

Experts say the biggest mistake was allowing the virus to travel freely into the rural areas, adding that eradication of the virus now is too far-fetched an idea.
An elderly person receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 3 March 2021| Photo: Dimas Ardian | Bloomberg

How to win over vaccine sceptics & build herd immunity? Listen

While Covid-19 has been a catastrophe, it’s also an unprecedented opportunity, given the visible public health ravages, to change minds and prove the value of vaccines.
A file photo of Delhi AIIMS director Randeep Guleria. | Photo: ANI

Herd immunity ‘very difficult’ to achieve, says AIIMS director

AIIMS director Randeep Guleria said one should not think of herd immunity in 'practical terms' in India, especially in the times of 'variant strains' of Covid-19 and varying immunity.
Dr Rupinder Singh Sodhi | Twitter | @Rssamul

90% of milk in India comprises A2 protein, says Amul managing director

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Graves of Covid-19 victims at a cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on 19 January 2021 | Photo: Jonne Roriz | Bloomberg

Here’s why Brazil’s Manaus is battling a second Covid wave despite natural ‘herd immunity’

Covid-19 in Manaus peaked in April-May 2020 and then developed a supposed 76% herd immunity by October, but the Brazilian city is now besieged by a second wave.
File photo from Delhi's first serological survey, which was conducted from June end to early July | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Delhi could be heading towards attaining ‘herd immunity’, latest sero-survey indicates

The survey has found that in one district, 50-60 per cent of the sampled population has developed antibodies to Covid-19, say sources.
File photo | A crowd of migrant workers gather around the UPSRTC buses near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Indians must have no confusion about how we reached impressive Covid herd immunity

India’s masses didn’t have the luxury to ‘work from home’ and follow social distancing, but they might have silently built India’s herd immunity.
A resident receives a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine at a senior citizen care home in Premnitz, Germany | Photo: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz | Bloomberg

Herd immunity could be closer than we think, vaccines must end isolation

Evidence is compelling that a robust and rapid vaccination campaign could render Covid less of a threat than seasonal flu through building herd immunity.
Farmers sort their onion crop | Representational image: ANI

India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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