COVID-19: Not booster dose but Omicron variant induced better immune response in patients, says study

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, May 16, 2022, 03:20 PM IST
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New Delhi: A new study now reveals that Omicron infections produced even better immune responses than a booster shot in vaccinated people. The pair of studies hint that people who are vaccinated and then get infected by the Omicron variant may have better antibodies to deal with a vast range of Covid variants.

the latest trends in India show that hospitalisation rates are very low and the recovery is faster

The study conducted by vaccine maker BioNTech SE and the University of Washington reassures the world even as cases spike in several parts.

The study has been published in a preprint on the bioRxiv server. However, the authors of the study have warned people and cautioned that they shouldn't seek out infections in response to the findings.

Meanwhile, with 2,202 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,31,23,801 while the active cases dipped to 17,317, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 5,24,241 with 27 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.


The active cases comprised 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent, the ministry said.

A decrease of 375 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.74 per cent and weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.59 per cent, according to the health ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,25,82,243, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.22 per cent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 191.37 crore.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year.

The 27 new fatalities include 22 from Kerala, three from Delhi and one each from Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

A total of 5,24,241 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,47,855 from Maharashtra, 69,385 from Kerala, 40,105 from Karnataka, 38,025 from Tamil Nadu, 26,195 from Delhi, 23,513 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,203 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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