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India says given all Covaxin data to WHO, expect positive outcome at meeting next week

Long wait for Covaxin’s emergency-use listing has perplexed many. The issue was discussed at great length during Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s meeting with WHO Director-General Tuesday.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya during a call with WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO chief, Health Minister Mandaviya talk emergency use listing of Covaxin

During a call, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also discussed the resumption of supply of Covishield to COVAX facility.

‘Cannot cut corners’ — WHO says need more info from Bharat Biotech on Covaxin

Bharat Biotech had last month said it has submitted all data pertaining to Covaxin to the WHO for emergency use and is awaiting feedback from the global health watchdog.
The Covaxin vaccine | Representational image | ANI

WHO to consider emergency use listing of Covaxin on 26 October

Bharat Biotech, which has developed Covaxin, had submitted Expression of Interest to WHO on 19 April for its vaccine.
File photo of NITI Aayog member (health) Dr. V.K. Paul | ANI

Scientific rationale, supply situation to guide decision on vaccinating kids, VK Paul says

Currently, three vaccines — Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V — being administered in the country are only for those above 18 years of age. All of them are two-dose vaccines.
A vial of Covaxin vaccine | Photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Good news for kids: Expert panel gives Covaxin emergency approval for 2-18-year-olds

The phase 2/3 clinical trials for Covaxin for children were completed last month. The SEC will now send its recommendations to DCGI.
A Covid vaccination centre at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius (Representational Image) | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

SII, Bharat Biotech get nod to export 10 lakh Covid vaccine doses under ‘Vaccine Maitri’

Ten lakh doses of Covaxin would be sent to Iran and 10 lakh doses of Covishield will be exported each to Myanmar, Nepal & Bangladesh under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme in October.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination camp in Gurugram on 26 September 2021 | PTI

The three factors influencing India’s December deadline for Covid vaccination

The goal of vaccinating all adults by 31st December 2021 is not as unrealistic as it may have seemed earlier.
The ZyCov-D vaccine | zyduscadila.com

Vaccine makers upset over ‘differential pricing’ for ZyCov-D, and lack of clarity on exports

ZyCov-D has reportedly been priced by the company at Rs 1,900 for three doses while the others cost between Rs 205-215 per dose.
Bharat Biotech's Covaxin is contraindicated for people who take blood thinners like aspirin | File photo: www.bharatbiotech.com

Decision on Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency use listing will be made in October, WHO says

The status of assessment for Covaxin is ongoing. Bharat Biotech said it submitted data pertaining to its Covid vaccine to WHO on 19 April and is awaiting feedback for the same.

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Logos for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left, and the Indian National Congress (INC) party are displayed on a computer at the Boom Live office in Mumbai | Bloomberg

BJP to Congress, Shiv Sena and RJD — super Saturday awaits parties in assembly bypolls

It’s not often that bypolls hold so much significance and can change political dynamics in several states. That’s the beauty of the 30 October bypolls.
Motorists approach s a Bharat Petroleum Corp. petrol station in Chennai, India, on 1 July 2021| Representational image| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Plan to privatise Bharat Petroleum delayed as bidders struggle to find partners

The sale of state-run refiner-cum-fuel retailer BPCL would have fetched about $13 billion for the exchequer and other shareholders.

Defence

Representative image of swarm drones. | sameerjoshi73.medium.com

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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