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Herd immunity not an option for India: Government

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday said herd immunity cannot be a strategic choice or option for a country of Indias size as this would come at a huge cost in terms of lakhs of infected people and many deaths. Following social norms till a vaccine comes is the only viable option, it said.
"In a country the size of (and with) a population like India, herd immunity cant be a strategic choice or option," the health ministry OSD said.
Herd immunity is still far away and in the future: Government
In a country the size of (and with) a population like India, herd immunity cannot be a strategic choice or option. It can only be an outcome, and that too at a very high cost, as it means lakhs of people would have to be infected, get hospitalised and many would die in the process,” officer on special duty in health ministry Rajesh Bhushan said.

The comments come in the wake of rising number of cases and arguments being advanced by some researchers that there may be hope of developing a herd immunity soonRead More – Source