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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-30

COVID vaccines: A step towards ending the pandemic


1 Department of Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Family Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Research Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Atul Kakar
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cmrp.cmrp_6_21

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COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with increased morbidity, mortality and economic loss globally. In the absence of definitive treatment, the only way to develop herd immunity and to curtail the spread of infection is through an effective vaccination programme. Under normal circumstances, a vaccine development would have taken 8–12 years; however, in case of COVID vaccine, this process has been reduced to 10 months. Since the lockdown, multiple countries have used various platforms to develop COVID vaccines at a war footing and recently close to five vaccines that have been approved for emergency use. This has lead to confusion, controversy and debate among the medical fraternity about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines. This articles gives an overview of the vaccines present, various trial results and adverse effects seen till now.


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