Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicCovid vaccine

Topic: Covid vaccine

CCMB’s mRna Covid vaccine effective in mice, agency doesn’t have ‘capacity’ for human trials

Based on technology used by American pharmaceutical company Moderna, the CCMB vaccine is India's 2nd indigenous mRNA Covid vaccine, & the agency is open to private partnership for human trials.

From cholera to Covid, here’s a brief history of vaccines on World Immunisation Week

People were using simple forms of vaccinations as early as the 1500s, smearing smallpox on torn skin to create immunity.

As booster uptake lags in pvt sector, officials say health system can’t be in Covid mode forever

Third Covid vaccine dose available only in pvt hospitals. Health officials say routine procedures need to be brought back on track, but govt hospitals could be brought in if needed.

Didn’t suit global narrative that Indian firm could deliver quality, says SII’s Poonawalla

CEO of world’s largest vaccine maker says India is better equipped to deal with pandemics now, adds a global treaty is important to allow resource-sharing across borders.

WHO move to suspend Covaxin’s UN supply won’t affect trips to UK, US & over 90 nations, govt says

Bharat Biotech is believed to have assured Government of India that it will ‘quickly’ reply to WHO about ‘deficiencies found in its manufacturing’ during an inspection last month.

WHO suspends procurement & supply of Covaxin, citing issues at Bharat Biotech’s facilities

The Indian vaccine maker has committed to address deficiencies in good manufacturing practices and is developing an action plan, WHO said, without specifying when the suspension will be lifted.

Cleared Corbevax for ages 12-14 based on interim safety & immune response data, govt tells LS

Govt was responding to question on availability of safety & efficacy data for Corbevax, and whether it had been peer-reviewed. It sidestepped queries on efficacy & peer-review.

US, EU draft to amend India’s TRIPS waiver proposal shows West hypocrisy at its best

The TRIPS Agreement focused on the IPRs that restricted access and Covid vaccine supplies. India must shout a defiant ‘no’ against a sloppy US draft.

Corbevax is India’s ‘lowest priced vaccine’, saves exchequer Rs 1500 cr, Biological E says

Hyderabad-based Biological E has priced its vaccine at Rs 990 in the private market. For the government, however, the vaccine is at just Rs 145, making it very affordable.

India reports 30,757 fresh Covid cases, 541 deaths in last 24 hours

Daily Covid-19 cases have been recorded at less than one lakh for the last 11 consecutive days, while the recovery rate crossed 98% for the first time since 5 January.

On Camera

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Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.

Defence

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

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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