Indian medical experts welcome Oxford trial results for Covid vaccine
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 Medical experts in India have hailed the results of Oxford University's early-stage human trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, with some saying it's the "most scientifically done" among all such exercises, while others expressing hope that the final trials will "bear fruit".
On being asked on the claim made by Indian Medical Association (IMA) that the community transmission of COVID-19 is started in India, Dr Arvind Kumar, Chairman, Centre for Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on July 19 stated that he is 100% agreed with IMA. He said, "Community transmission has...
Under-40s in the UK will be offered an alternative coronavirus vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said there is an "extremely small risk" of people suffering blood clots after having the jab.
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Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar attended a virtual conversation, called 'Global Dialogue Series' on May 05. He said, "Our vaccine production situation was different from many other countries. On what basis Covishield was being made in India? It's Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, you can say it's British-designed product. It was made in India as the vaccine owner saw India as an efficient production venue. Along with that the ability and approval to make in India, came an obligation to supply it to a large part of the world. So, people have to understand, it was not that vaccine production started in India, it was invented by an Indian, owned by an Indian, produced by an Indian." He further said, "It was a truly international collaboration. When there is an international collaboration, if somebody gave you a vaccine to make in India, then you have to do your part, otherwise, it doesn't work. It also came with support from the Covax initiative. So, there was an obligation to support the Covax initiative to give vaccines at a low cost to a number of nations."
Maharashtra Congress Chief chief Nana Patole has responded to SII chief Adar Poonawalla’s allegation that he is being threatened. Addressing the media, Patole said that Congress is worried over Poonawalla’s allegations and said that the Congress would take the responsibility of ensuring his security. He further urged Poonawalla to name those politicians who had threatened him over vaccine production. Poonawalla, who flew to London last week, is chief executive officer of the Serum Institute, which is the local maker of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca. Watch the full video for all the details.
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From DCGI approving new anti-Covid drug, to health ministry issues new rules for hospital admissions, here are the top updates on the coronavirus. DCGI approved a new anti-Covid oral drug, which has been developed by DRDO and Dr. Reddy’s. The medicine has been given emergency use approval by DCGI. Meanwhile, Health Ministry said that a positive Covid-19 report is now not mandatory for a patient to be admitted to a hospital. Also, Supreme Court formed a 12-member National Task Force on medical oxygen. The new panel includes 10 doctors and 2 top bureaucrats from the Centre, who will ensure streamlined delivery of oxygen across India. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.
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India and the European Union (EU) on Saturday announced their decision to resume negotiations for a balanced and comprehensive trade agreement after a gap of eight years and unveiled an ambitious connectivity partnership, during a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of 27 member nations of the bloc. In his remarks, Modi invited the EU to support a proposal by India and South Africa to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines so that there can be equitable vaccine access for the entire world, officials said. The meeting, participated by leaders of EU member states as well as the top leadership of the EU, also decided to launch negotiations on two other key agreements on investment protection and geographical indications.
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A video went viral which showed PPE-clad health officials in Himachal Pradesh's Manali Vridh Ashram grooving to the steps of a regional folk song to cheer up the COVID-19 patients. Senior citizen patients also danced on the tunes of folk song.
Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to meet the family members of deceased BJP MLA Dal Bahadur Kori, who died of COVID-19. She hugged his wife and consoled her, at the latter's residence. She is on a visit to her Amethi constituency to assess the ground situation of COVID management.
The Tokyo 2020 games are now scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, after a historic postponement forced by the global march of the pandemic. For Tokyo 2020, Chief Executive Toshiro Muto, the games could..