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Delta variant in specimens sequenced over last 4 weeks exceeded 75% in many countries: WHO

According to data, the prevalence of Delta exceeded 75% in India as well. The other countries were Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Israel, UK, Russia, Singapore among others.
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Assessing Covaxin data for emergency use listing, decision date yet to be confirmed: WHO

Suchitra Ella of Bharat Biotech said approval is not expected to be a long process as majority of Bharat Biotech's facilities have been audited and approved by WHO in the past.
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France’s Sanofi seeks marketing nod for dengue vaccine, govt panel says identify endemic areas

The vaccine Dengvaxia has to be administered to individuals aged 9 to 45, who have been infected with the dengue virus before and who live in areas where this infection is endemic.
File image of WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus | Flickr

It was ‘premature’ to rule out Covid lab leak theory, WHO chief says

WHO director-general Tedros said the UN health agency is asking China to be transparent and cooperate by sharing raw data to find the origins of the Covid virus.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan | Twitter: @doctorsoumya

Mixing vaccines without evidence a ‘dangerous’ trend, WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan says

Swaminathan warned that it will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding ‘when and who should be taking a second, third or fourth dose’.
File photo of a box containing vials of Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine | T. Narayan| Bloomberg

Decision on adding Covaxin to emergency use list likely in 4-6 weeks, says WHO

WHO has so far approved vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca-SK Bio/Serum Institute of India, AstraZeneca EU, Janssen, Moderna and Sinopharm for emergency use.
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No need to stop breastfeeding, study tells mothers who have received mRNA Covid shots

Researchers from University of California, San Francisco, however, say this is a preliminary study and needs to be repeated with a bigger population.
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Delta variant to become dominant strain of Covid in few months, says WHO

The WHO warned that the Delta variant, present in 96 countries, is ‘expected to rapidly outcompete other variants' and become the dominant variant globally.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan (file photo) | Twitter/@ANI

India believes there is urgent need for ‘major reforms’ in WHO, says Harsh Vardhan

Speaking at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's meeting online, Health Minister Vardhan said reforms are needed to ensure effective & timely response to potential future pandemics.
Asad Umar

Covid vaccine acceptability for global travel should be determined by WHO, says Pakistan

Planning Minister Asad Umar made such a demand because Pakistan is facing problems due to its dependence on China for vaccines which are not accepted by many countries for travels.

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Bioweapons research is banned by international treaty – but no one is checking for violations

Biological weapons programs are more difficult to detect than nuclear or chemical ones, which typically require large facilities and numerous personnel.
The closed coal-fired NTPC Badarpur Thermal Power Station in Badarpur, Delhi | Bloomberg File

India can save almost Rs 9,000 cr a year by shutting old thermal power plants, study says

According to New Delhi-based CEEW, closing down old plants, which consume more coal than new ones, can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, clean up air and reduce soil & water pollution.

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File photo of Indian Army soldiers after capturing a hill during the Kargil war | Photo: Commons

‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.
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Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.