The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 163

The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO/Clerk, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, LIC, NABARD, SEBI, SSC, UPSC, IPPB, etc.

We are providing vocabulary words from the Editorial articles in The Hindu newspaper which is important for all the upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.

 

TOPIC – Boosters short

On November 22, the Director-General, ICMR, said that there was no scientific evidence thus far to administer a booster vaccine dose to fully vaccinated people. The priority instead was to increase the percentage of people who are vaccinated with two doses. The Health Minister too said the priority was on fully vaccinating all adults than on booster shot immunization though adequate vaccines were available. Even when there was growing clamor from a few States for booster doses once the new variant with higher transmissibility causing a huge surge in cases in South Africa became known, the Government has reiterated that any decision on booster doses will be based solely on scientific recommendations. Although over 65 million people in the U.S. are unvaccinated, on October 21, a booster shot was approved for all above 65 years and certain categories of young adults. It was later expanded to include all adults. Many countries in Europe too have approved booster shots, having based their decision at least partially on vaccine effectiveness data. Such evidence has become available in India only very recently. One study found Covishield to be 85% protective against moderate or severe disease and 63% protective against symptomatic infection, while another found Covaxin to be 50% effective against symptomatic infection. Both studies were undertaken during the peak of the Delta variant-driven second wave. The effectiveness of both vaccines against the Omicron variant is unknown. While this variant appears to be far more transmissible than the Delta variant, disease severity and the age groups most vulnerable to disease are not fully known. Despite these uncertainties, it might still be prudent to approve booster doses for people older than 60 years and young adults who are immuno compromised or have co-morbidities. But administering booster doses cannot be at the cost of increased coverage of the first dose and full vaccination. Also, the need to begin immunizing adolescents cannot be ignored. Over 1.26 billion doses have been administered as on December 4, with nearly 85% receiving one dose but only over 50% being fully vaccinated. Though the door-to-door vaccination campaign held last month witnessed 11.7% increase in second dose coverage, there is still a sizeable percentage of the population in the priority groups who are not fully vaccinated. Over 8% of health-care workers, 30% of those above 60 years and over 33% of people aged 45-59 years are yet to be fully vaccinated. The rapid global spread of the Omicron variant might also lead to increased vaccine uptake. While a sufficient supply of Covishield, which accounts for nearly 90% of vaccines administered, might be able to meet the demand, the priority should be to increase vaccine coverage and not boosters, particularly so as India will be under pressure to supply vaccines to the global South.

The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 

 

Clamor (noun) – A loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting

Synonyms – Cacophony, decibels, bluster, blare, bruit

Antonyms – Serenity, sedateness, reticence, hush, taciturnity

 

Reiterated (verb) – Say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity

Synonyms – Belabor, chime, reprise, regurgitate, epitomize

Antonyms – Sabotage, subvert, debilitate, attenuate, wreck

 

Approved (adjective) – Officially agreed or accepted as satisfactory

Synonyms – Approbate, homologate, endorse, countenance, assent

Antonyms – Repudiate, spurn, interdict, obstruct, contravene

 

Transmissible (adjective) – Capable of being transmitted from one place or person to another

Synonyms – Contagious, epizootic, virulent, pestilential, miasmatic

Antonyms – Antiseptic, incommunicable, receivable, uncontagious

 

Severity (noun) – The fact or condition of being severe

Synonyms – Savagery, austerity, acerbity, ferocity, masochism

Antonyms –Clemency, floppiness, tractability, balminess, insipidity

 

Vulnerable (adjective) – Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally

Synonyms – Assailable, pregnable, impuissant, impotent, imperiled

Antonyms – Impervious, resistant, inviolable, fortified, robust

 

 Prudent (adjective) – Acting with or showing care and thought for the future

Synonyms –Shrewd, sapient, astute, erudite, ingenious

Antonyms –Inexpedient, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, wacky

 

Compromised (verb) – Settle a dispute by mutual concession

Synonyms –Covenant, disposition, stipulation, entente, concordat

Antonyms –Disputation, feud, squabble, wrangle, altercation

 

Administered (verb) – To dispense something needed

Synonyms –Proffer, bestow, prorate, disseminate, disperse

Antonyms –Refrain, shun, monopolize, misallocate, consolidate

 

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