Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
TopicCovid-19 vaccine

Topic: Covid-19 vaccine

Covid vaccines likely saved 20 million lives, cut potential toll by half, says Lancet study

Imperial College London team says if WHO’s vaccine targets had been achieved, ‘1 in 5 of the estimated lives lost due to Covid in low-income nations could have been prevented’.

Corbevax maker says ‘too much dependence on MNCs, focus on new tech’ behind vaccine inequity

Corbevax co-developer Dr Peter Hotez says the vaccine will 'make up for lost time' in race to immunise millions and its patent was waived in the spirit of 'decolonisation'.

How Corbevax and Covovax, the two vaccines newly approved in India, fight Covid

India granted emergency-use authorisation to two new Covid vaccines, Corbevax and Covovax, this week. Both use proteins of the coronavirus to induce an immune response.

With ‘precaution doses’ approved in India, here’s what we know about Covid vaccine boosters

PM Modi announced Saturday that booster doses would be rolled out from 10 January. Scientific studies have found that protection wanes after the 2nd dose, and recommended boosters.

Modi govt drives hard bargain, ZyCov-D vaccine could cost Rs 275/dose or even less

The world’s first DNA vaccine for Covid manufactured by Gujarat-based Zydus Cadila is delivered using a special applicator costing Rs 30,000.

ZyCov-D price talks still on, but India begins training for use of needle-free applicator

First instalment of ZyCov-D, a three-dose Covid vaccine manufactured by Zydus Cadila, is expected next month. Vaccine doesn't require a needle injection to be administered.

Outrage in Karnataka as govt uses workers’ fund to buy Covid vaccines from pvt hospitals

Labour organisations say it isn’t govt’s money, but minister Shivaram Hebbar says ‘what’s wrong in wanting to ensure the health, life and livelihood of our labourers?’

WTO meeting on India-South Africa proposal for vaccines patent waiver likely to be ‘stormy’

US & China have backed the revised proposal by India and SA, but EU, Australia, Japan & others continue to oppose it and plan to prevent any formal negotiations on the matter.

Vaccine rules are the big, new hurdle for Indian students heading to foreign universities

Many universities, especially those in the US, require students to be vaccinated. To make matters worse, Covaxin is yet to be recognised by WHO.

Good news from vaccine study: Both work well, Covishield produces more antibodies than Covaxin

Study by Indian doctors says that while Covaxin & Covishield are effective, the AstraZeneca vaccine shows ‘significantly higher’ seropositivity rate & anti-spike antibody titre.  

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(L-R) Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi | ThePrint

India has interests on both sides of US-China divide. Cold War holds clues for path ahead

India’s strategic balance is weighted towards the West and its economic balance is towards China. But it needs more to build a multipolar world order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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