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Cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in India cross 47-crore mark: Health Ministry

More than 3 crore balance and unutilised doses are still available with the states, union territories and private hospitals to be administered, the ministry added.
Serum Institute of India's Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

CDSCO expert panel recommends nod to conduct trial of mixing Covaxin, Covishield doses

The study, conducted by Christian Medical College in Vellore, aims to assess whether a person can be given two different Covid vaccine shots to complete the inoculation course.

Brazil suspends decision to import 4 million doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin

Brazil's decision came after Bharat Biotech terminated its pact with the country after its deal to supply 20 million Covaxin doses attracted investigation by Brazilian authorities.
A medic administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a government hospital in Bhopal on 23 July 2021 | PTI

65.5% beneficiaries eligible for 2nd Covid dose have got the jab, says govt

The health ministry also said that as on 25 July, about 34.04 crore persons have received at least first dose of Covid vaccine based on data collected from CoWIN portal.
Representative image | A box of AstraZeneca Covid vaccines | Photographer: Zoltan Mathe/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Animal trials suggest intranasal version of AstraZeneca shot may prevent Covid transmission

Currently tested on animals, researchers now intend to test the effectiveness of intranasal vaccines, in both preventing infection and lowering viral shedding in humans.

Covishield offers 93% protection against Covid, 98% mortality reduction, study finds

The findings of the study conducted by Armed Forces Medical College during Covid 2nd wave were presented by NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul Tuesday.
Representative Image | A vial of Moderna Covid vaccine | ANI

Second mRNA vaccine shot safe for people who had allergic reactions to first shot: US study

Of the 189 patients who participated in the study, 130 received the Moderna vaccine, while 59 got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Second dose was administered to 159 subjects.
File photo of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya | ANI photo

Don’t politicise issue of Covid vaccines, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tells Opposition

While responding to a question in Lok Sabha, Mandaviya asserted that everyone should work together to ensure people are vaccinated against Covid.

8-10 week gap between Pfizer doses boosts antibodies, UK study says

The study said neutralising antibody levels were twice as high after the 10-week interval as with the three-week span.
File photo of Johnson and Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine| Flickr

J&J’s Covid vaccine produces fewer antibodies against Delta variant, study finds

The study, released on bioRxiv, found that J&J’s shot produced roughly five-fold lower levels of antibodies against Delta strain compared to levels raised against an early strain.

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File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro | Photographer: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

A new age of anger awaits India and Brazil

Evidence that post-pandemic inequality will be lethal to social order is mounting. Inequality has grown concentrated in India, home to Ambani & Adani, while Brazil's rich got richer by 2.7%.

Water storage levels low in major states, likely to hit food production and push inflation

Nine states have lesser storage in water reservoirs than in the corresponding period last year. Punjab, Gujarat, West Bengal, UP and MP among those facing the issue.

Defence

Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Navy to scrap plans to procure guns from US, considering ‘Make in India’ route now

The Navy’s original plan was to procure the 127 mm guns from the Italian firm Oto Melara, but the deal got stuck due to the VVIP chopper scam.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.