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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.
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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.

Why India will not see a big second wave of Covid-19

Last August, I estimated that Covid-19 will end its epidemic phase in India by January 2021. It appears that this prediction was not too far off the mark.
Health workers prepare for the dry run of COVID-19 vaccine at a community centre, in Gurugram, on 7 January 2021 | PTI Photo

Majority Indians have natural immunity. Vaccinating entire population can cause great harm

For recovered Covid patients, the vaccines provide no benefit and some harm. It is thus unethical to vaccinate them.
Donald Trump stands on the Truman Balcony after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center | McNamee/Getty Images via Bloomberg

‘We want them infected’ — Trump official pushed for ‘herd immunity’ strategy, emails show

Paul Alexander, a senior adviser at the Department of Health and Humans Services, encouraged adoption of a policy to increase the number of infections among young adults.

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Drone policing during Covid exposes India’s need for data protection law

Modi govt's Draft Drone Rules 2021 do not have any of the incremental provisions of the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 or any mention of safeguards to privacy.
File photo of NSE building in Mumbai | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Hope of continued Covid stimulus, economic recovery pushes Sensex, Nifty to record highs

The run-up in stocks comes ahead of the RBI's monetary policy Friday, where interest rates are expected to be left at an all-time low even as inflation rises.

Defence

File photo of Army chief General M.M. Naravane | ANI

Scrap L1 concept for procurement, need revolution in bureaucratic affairs, Army chief says

At a seminar by the United Services Institution, Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane speaks out against procedural lacunae in defence procurement, emphasises need for more agile processes.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.