Bengaluru-based Indian Academy of Sciences has said that the Indian Council for Medical Research’s (ICMR) aim to launch a vaccine for coronavirus by August 15 is ‘unfeasible’ and ‘unrealistic’. NT KURIOCITY spoke to a few youth to know what they think
I have been a little bit relieved with the news that the vaccine will be out soon so that things can get back on track and people start making a living. I feel life won’t be the same as before as people have learned a lot through this, ie learning to survive on the little essentials that we have. People have learned that special occasions can be celebrated with a few people. It has taught us the value of maintaining relationships, keeping loved ones safe, exploring one’s inner talents and potentials, the value of food and other basic necessities, and that a simple life is all we need to live and enjoy every moment.
Sepra Dias, Goa University
As a student of biotechnology, I know how difficult it is to not only work with microorganisms, but viruses, as they behave differently and do not respond to antibiotic treatment. When there haven’t been any updates on a vaccine yet, with regards to trials and success rates, it sounds rather farfetched for it to be launched by August 15 which is Independence Day. While I would be happy if it does happen, I have a hard time believing it to be true because I haven’t read anything about successful clinical trials in India. If there is a political agenda behind this claim, that is very misleading. More than anything, I think the public should be kept updated about the progress of the trials.
Heloise Angie Barretto, teacher
A corona vaccine being ready by August seems practically difficult. But if it actually were to happen, I believe it would take at least four to five months to control the number of cases rising alarmingly on a daily basis in the country. Until there is stability in the number of cases, going back to what resembles the normal lives that we led before COVID-19 is very risky and will only add to spreading of the virus. So, we need to continue practicing all the precautionary health measures for a few months in the near future to go back to our pre-corona lives as soon as possible.
Prachi Mahambrey, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao
The first case of corona virus in India was reported on January 30 and I never thought that this virus could cause such havoc. Within a period of three to four months cases have increased to lakhs and a large number of people have lost their lives. Others have to take precautions like wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, sanitising/washing hands as well as drinking herbal concoction and hot water. Our lifestyle has changed a lot, so hearing the news regarding a vaccine has relieved me quite a bit but getting back to the normal life will definitely take a lot of time. For the next few months, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and maintaining good personal hygiene should become our lifestyle.
Kamakshi Bichu, Mapusa
In this widespread of the virus, there is a crucial and urgent need for a vaccine to curb it. Meanwhile the news of Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) to launch a vaccine is really relieving. The vaccine can save numerous lives. Life will be back to normal once the vaccine is developed. Everything will be back on track. But still people should continue to wear mask and take care of their health. However, the Indian Academy of Sciences’ statement that it is an unfeasible and unrealistic goal is disheartening. This time limit will help ICMR to achieve the goal with good results. Moreover we should not forget that they are a team of well qualified scientists who can achieve miracles. Let’s hope for the best and pray that ICMR succeeds in their goal and life is back to normalcy soon.
Sheetal Kapri, Goa Engineering College, Ponda
The need for a vaccine is urgent and getting the news about its arrival is a welcome relief. I am waiting eagerly for life to get back to normal. The destruction of life has been insurmountable. It has not spared the rich or the poor, it has kept people confined to their homes and almost erased a bulk of the older population. It has also affected the global economy, caused endless unemployment and misery for single bread earner families. Never was such a situation ever experienced by our generation. Life was happy, comfortable and carefree but now social distancing has become a norm. Hence, the availability of a vaccine is the only solution to end this crisis.
Aldair Fernandes, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao
Relieved? Not really. It is imperative to understand that developing a vaccine is a risky task. Vaccines go through three to four painstaking phases that cover various aspects like feasibility, safety, viability, commercialisation, etc, and therefore are time consuming. During a pandemic like this, rumours, panic and fear are natural among people. However, human species has dealt with worse scenarios in the past. Therefore, I trust the human intellect to find a way through this pandemic too. Things will return to normal slowly but surely only patience, cooperation and compromise is what is needed among the people to get through this adversity.
Mihir Patil, Mapusa