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Masks may never go away even after a vaccine is available: ICMR chief

NEW DELHI – Indian Council of Medical Research chief professor Balram Bhargava has said that the health precautions related to the fight against the coronavirus will remain, and people will have to keep wearing masks even after a vaccine is available, the Hindustan Times reported on Sunday. “They [masks] may even never go away,” Bhargava said while speaking at a webinar, organised by King George’s Medical University in Lucknow. “The vaccine will give some protection but masks or the fabric vaccine will have to continue. I don’t think we can give up these measures including social distancing.” The ICMR chief said the Centre has a target of providing vaccines to 30 crore people by July next year, adding that the future course of action will be decided following that. “India will develop a vaccine, not just for itself but for 60% of the developing nations,” Bhargava said. “Twenty four manufacturing units and 19 firms will be engaged in developing a Covid-19 vaccine.

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