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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).
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya during a call with WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO chief, Health Minister Mandaviya talk emergency use listing of Covaxin

During a call, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also discussed the resumption of supply of Covishield to COVAX facility.
A file photo of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman in the US who died of cervical cancer in 1951. | Photo: Commons

Why family of US woman, whose cells spurred countless breakthroughs, are suing biotech firm

Henrietta Lacks’ cells were extracted by doctors from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, US, without her consent. Her family has now sued a biotech firm for selling her cells for profit.
Representational image | malariavaccine.org

Breakthrough malaria vaccine has been 30 years in the making. Here’s what we need to know

Malaria is a huge global health challenge, around 409,000 people died of malaria in 2019 alone.
Representational image | malariavaccine.org

World finally gets a malaria vaccine and it has an Indian connection: Bharat Biotech

WHO gave its nod to RTS,S after pilot projects in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya found significant reduction in incidence of severe disease. 
Representational image | malariavaccine.org

WHO endorses world’s first malaria vaccine, recommends it for children at risk

The malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline in 1987. Calling it a 'historic moment', WHO said the vaccine should be given to children across Africa.
Bharat Biotech's Covaxin is contraindicated for people who take blood thinners like aspirin | File photo: www.bharatbiotech.com

Decision on Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency use listing will be made in October, WHO says

The status of assessment for Covaxin is ongoing. Bharat Biotech said it submitted data pertaining to its Covid vaccine to WHO on 19 April and is awaiting feedback for the same.

WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of its required Covid vaccines by February 2022

To date, less than 4% of Africans have been fully immunised and most of the 5.7 billion vaccine doses administered around the world have been given in just 10 rich countries.

New Mu variant of Covid could be more vaccine-resistant, WHO warns

According to WHO, Mu, also known as B.1.621, was first identified in Colombia in January 2021 & since then, several cases have been reported in South America & Europe.
A nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine | Photographer: SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg

What newly-discovered C.1.2 lineage of SARS-CoV-2 is & why it’s not yet a ‘variant of concern’

C.1.2 variant is not as widespread as other Covid variants of concern. Just 107 samples of the variant have been isolated across the world and 95 of them are from South Africa.

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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.

Defence

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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