Global Herd Immunity Against COVID-19 Unlikely, Says Ebola Vaccine Developer
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As coronavirus variants keep emerging, global herd immunity is unlikely, says Steven Jones, one of the developers of the first Ebola vaccine. In a wide-ranging discussion with McKinsey, he and other experts weighed in on ways to live with COVID-19, which is expected to soon become endemic.
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Ex-WHO executive and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Immunization Coalition, Tikki Pangestu, outlined at a recent briefing why he believes herd immunity for COVID-19 will not be achievable against the backdrop of the global spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Facets of vaccine hesitancy and the complexity of vaccine manufacturing were among the other issues discussed by experts.
While a Star Health study found high hospitalization costs for COVID-19 patients in India, those vaccinated paid 24% less and faced 81% lower mortality risk. However, insurers are unlikely to offer lower premiums to those vaccinated, even as the prospects for an overall hike remain uncertain, say experts.
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