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All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Friday said those who were fully-vaccinated against the coronavirus also need to continue wearing masks and following physical distancing guidelines, The Times of India reported. Guleria told the newspaper that was an uncertainty about the extent of protection that vaccines can offer against the emerging new variants of the coronavirus. “I think there is need to be cautious and at least till we have more data,” the AIIMS director said. “It is better to wear masks and maintain physical distance because no matter what the variants are, masks and physical distancing will protect.” In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that fully-vaccinated people need not wear masks or practice physical distancing indoors or outdoors, CNN reported. However, unidentified health ministry officials told The Times of India that there were no plans to revise the advisory about the Covid-related protocols in India. “We cannot take such a risk at this stage and though very few, there have been breakthrough infections,” one official said. “There is no way the masks can be kept aside.” India is fighting a ferocious second wave of the coronavirus, which many experts believe has been partly fueled by mutations, including the B.1.617…Read more

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