Our vaccine is effective in fighting BF.7 covid variant, says Union Health Minister
New Delhi, January 11: Vaccines available in India are effective against Omicron sub-variant BF.7, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday.
"We've found the BF.7 variant in some passengers. However, our vaccine is effective enough to fight the BF.7 variant. We're taking all necessary measures," said Mandaviya.
Health Minister's remarks came during the launch of a book titled Braving A Viral Storm: India's Covid-19 Vaccine Story. He stated that, given the global spread of the Covid fourth wave, 8,700 flights have been traced so far.
"Amid the global COVID fourth wave, we're monitoring every airport. So far 8,700 flights have been monitored. Over 15 lakh passengers have been traced and out of them over 200 passengers have been detected as Covid positive," Mandaviya said.
He also stated that the vaccine is effective against the BF.7 variant.
"All of them were sent for isolation and their samples were sent for genome sequencing. Through genome sequencing, we've found Covid BF.7 variant in some passengers. However, our vaccine is effective enough to fight the BF.7 variant. We're taking all necessary measures," he added.
On Wednesday, India reported 171 new Covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The country's active caseload now stands at 2,342.
According to the health ministry, 4,41,47,322 people have recovered since the pandemic began, with 148 recoveries occurring in the last 24 hours.
Active cases account for 0.01 percent of total infections, with a recovery rate of 98.8 percent.