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A box containing vials of Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine for coronavirus at Sanjeevan Hospital in Daryaganj, New Delhi.| T. Narayan| Bloomberg

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin may get WHO recommendation ‘within next 24 hours’

WHO official Dr Margaret Harris said the technical advisory group that reviews all the data for a potential emergency use listing is studying Covaxin today (26 October).
File image of PM Narendra Modi | Twitter/@ANI

PM Modi meets 7 Indian Covid vaccine manufacturers, talks about furthering research

The representatives from Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy’s, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech attended the meeting.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi| Twitter/@BJP4India

PM Modi to meet 7 Indian Covid vaccine manufacturers today

Modi is likely to emphasise on ways to vaccinate eligible people in India as quickly as possible & also help other countries in inoculating their population, an official source said.
Australian PM Scott Morrison with PM Narendra Modi at the Quad summit in Washington DC in September 2021 | PMO India | Twitter

India, Australia working closely to expand vaccine access across Indo-Pacific: Scott Morrison

The announcement came after the Australian PM congratulated Narendra Modi and his government for administering 100 crore Covid vaccine doses in just over 9 months.
Boxes of vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca vaccine has no adverse impact on pregnancy or fertility, study in Lancet says

In the study spanning UK, Brazil and South Africa, the rate of miscarriage was roughly the same between vaccine and placebo groups, & no still births or neonatal deaths were recorded.
A pharmacist administers a third dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in Michigan, US

Moderna, J&J boosters get US CDC’s backing, paving way for next shots

The CDC said eligible people may choose a different booster from the vaccine they originally received, granting more flexibility to patients and doctors.

‘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.
Beneficiaries wait to receive Covid-19 vaccine dose at a free vaccination camp organized by the Delhi government, on 10 October 2021 | PTI

India records 18,987 new Covid cases, 246 deaths in last 24 hours

Fresh infections stayed below 30,000 cases for the 20th day while active cases have fallen to 2,06,586, the lowest in the last 215 days. The recovery rate was recorded at 98.07%.
Vials of Covishield on the production line at the Serum Institute | Photo via Bloomberg

India builds up Covid vaccine stocks as it readies to restart global shipments

In the stockpile of 250 million doses, Covishield makes up the bulk, while the rest are Covaxin. India will restart exports some 6 months after it was halted due to the second wave.

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If Hong Kong wants zero Covid strategy to succeed, it must improve its quarantine rules

It’s increasingly difficult to find a clear, logical justification for policies, which at this point are defensive and rooted in fear. The govt must improve its quarantine system.
File image of Subhash Chandra, chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises | Scott Eells/Bloomberg

How Subhash Chandra is fighting to keep control of his media empire

The 70-year-old tycoon risks losing control just as Zee’s prospects are looking up. The media mogul is looking for ways to raise his family’s shareholding.

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A Kilo-class submarine of the Indian Navy (Representational image) | Commons

‘Lot of money changed hands’, says CBI after arresting 5 including serving Navy commander

The five persons have been arrested for ‘leaking sensitive information in connection with the modernisation of a submarine project’
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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