No deaths among those re-infected with Covid-19 even after vaccination: AIIMS study

A study carried out by the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has discovered that not one of the vaccinated folks died after getting re-infected with Covid-19 throughout the month of April-May 2021.

This was revealed within the first genomic sequence study of breakthrough infections within the nation throughout the second wave of Covid-19 in India.

In easy phrases, if one contracts Covid-19 after being totally vaccinated, it is called a breakthrough an infection. “There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalised, or die from Covid-19,” the US well being company, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says.


AIIMS Delhi’s first study on breakthrough infections throughout the April-May interval confirmed that regardless of a really excessive viral load, not one of the vaccinated folks died because of the illness.

Out of the 63 breakthrough infections, 36 sufferers acquired two doses, whereas 27 acquired at the least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Ten sufferers acquired Covishield, whereas 53 acquired Covaxin.

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SARS-CoV-2 lineages might be assigned to a complete of 36 (57.1 per cent) samples, 19 (52.8 per cent) in sufferers who accomplished each doses and 17 (47.2 per cent) in sufferers who accomplished solely a single dose, the study mentioned.

The B.1.617 variant, first detected in India, was divided into three lineages – B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3.

The B.1.617.2 variant was discovered to be the predominant lineage in 23 samples (63.9 per cent). Out of them, 12 had been among the folks within the fully-vaccinated group and 11 had been within the partially-vaccinated group.

B.1.617.1 and B.1.1.7 lineages had been present in 4 (11.1 per cent) and one (2.8 per cent) pattern respectively.

“While antibody levels for a subset of patients were available, they became infected nevertheless and presented to the emergency just like other patients, putting in doubt the protection offered and or clinical relevance of total IgG as a surrogate of Covid-19 immunity. The present report is unique in many aspects,” the AIIMS report mentioned.

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None of the investigated breakthrough infections was deadly. However, all of the instances had been offered with 5 to seven days of high-grade unremitting fever.

The sufferers had a imply age of 37 (21-92), among which 41 had been male and 22 had been feminine. None of the sufferers had any comorbidities that might act as a predisposing issue for breakthrough infections.

As lineage B.1.617.2 was additionally prevalent on this group, any vital variations in lineages among totally and partially vaccinated samples had been additionally analysed. The distinction was not discovered to be vital in each the teams.

In addition, variations within the prevalence of lineages based mostly on the kind of vaccine had been additionally checked. There was no vital distinction noticed.

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Of these breakthrough infections, 10 sufferers — eight with double doses of vaccine and two with single dose — had complete Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies assessed by Chemiluminescent Immunoassay.

Out of those 10 sufferers, six sufferers had IgG antibodies a month earlier than the an infection, whereas 4 had antibodies after the illness.


Two latest research steered that people infected with SARS-CoV-2 or vaccinated against Covid-19 may have lifelong immunity against the disease. This, nonetheless, doesn’t assure safety from re-infection however gives hope that the human physique can develop antibodies that may battle Covid-19 for lengthy.

These research are vital as instances of re-infection have left each scientists and the general public fearful and questioning whether or not immunity towards the virus is brief lived. The worry has been that repeated vaccination — annual or six-monthly vaccination — could also be required to make sure constant immunity towards Covid-19.

In these research, scientists discovered that immunity towards Covid-19 lasted for a yr in any case. They estimated that immunity towards Covid-19 might final for many years at the least in some folks.

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