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Govt panel allows phase-3 trial of Covovax as booster dose in adults
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Govt panel allows phase-3 trial of Covovax as booster dose in adults

An expert panel of India's central drug authority has recommended permission for conducting a phase-3 clinical trial of Covid vaccine Covovax as a booster dose in adults, official sources said on Sunday. The Drugs Controller General Of India (DCGI) has already approved Covovax for restricted use in emergencies in adults on December 28. It is yet to be included in the country's inoculation programme. The Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation had on Friday recommended permitting conducting a phase-3 clinical trial of the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light as a booster dose. In February, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India, Prakash Kumar Singh had sought from DCGI nod to conduct a pha...
Delhi records 326 Covid-19 cases, three deaths; positivity rate 0.77%
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Delhi records 326 Covid-19 cases, three deaths; positivity rate 0.77%

Delhi on Thursday reported 326 fresh COVID-19 cases and three deaths, while the positivity rate stood at 0.77 percent, according to data shared by the city health department. With this, the national capital's case count increased to 18,60,887, while the death toll mounted to 26,130, the latest health bulletin stated. The number of COVID-19 tests conducted a day ago stood at 42,542, it said. Delhi had on Wednesday recorded 325 cases with a positivity rate of 0.81 percent and one death. The number of daily cases in Delhi has been on the decline after touching the record high of 28,867 on January 13. The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 percent on January 14, the highest during the ongoing wave of the pandemic.  
Biological E seeks EUA for its Corbevax vaccine for 12-18 years age group
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Biological E seeks EUA for its Corbevax vaccine for 12-18 years age group

Biological E has sought emergency use authorisation from India's drug regulator for its COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax for the 12 to 18 years age group, official sources said on Sunday. The Drugs Controller General Of India (DCGI) has already approved Corbevax, which is India's first indigenously developed RBD protein sub-unit vaccine against COVID-19, for restricted use in emergency situation among adults on December 28. In an application sent to DCGI on February 9, Srinivas Kosaraju, head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs of Biological E Limited, said the firm had received approval for conducting phase 2/3 clinical study of Corbevax among children and adolescents aged 5-18 years in September. "Based on the no-objection certificate, Biological E has initiated the clinical study in Oct...
India logs 50,407 new coronavirus cases, 804 deaths
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India logs 50,407 new coronavirus cases, 804 deaths

India saw a single-day rise of 50,407 coronavirus infections, which took the tally of cases to 4,25,86,544, while the active cases have declined to 6,10,443, according to Union health ministry data updated on February 12. The death toll has climbed to 5,07,981 with 804 daily fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The daily COVID-19 cases are being recorded at less than one lakh for the last six consecutive days. The active cases comprise 1.43 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further improved to 97.37 percent, the ministry said. It said a reduction of 87,359 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 3.48 percent, while the weekly positivity rate has b...
Over 171 crore COVID-19 doses administered in India
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Over 171 crore COVID-19 doses administered in India

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 171 crore on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 44 lakh (44,08,918) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Wednesday. More than 1.60 crore (1,60,95,273) precaution doses have been administered so far to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night. In a landmark achievement, more than 1 crore youngsters between the age group of 15 to 18 years have been successfully administered with both the doses of the vaccine. Expressing his pleasure, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted that it is a historic ...
No more weekend curfew; restaurants, cinemas can reopen with 50% capacity
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No more weekend curfew; restaurants, cinemas can reopen with 50% capacity

The weekend curfew in the national capital has been lifted, along with restrictions at markets and malls. Cinema halls and restaurants will be permitted to reopen with 50 per cent capacity, while guests at weddings will be capped at 200. Government offices will function at 50 per cent capacity. Educational institutions will remain closed, and night curfew will continue. The weekend curfew will be lifted from the this week, while other restrictions like the odd-even rule will end tomorrow, the DDMA added. The new rules were announced after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) held a meeting to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the city. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DDMA Chairman and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, along with other exp...
Covid-19: Scientists identify new variant that combines Delta, Omicron
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Covid-19: Scientists identify new variant that combines Delta, Omicron

A new coronavirus variant Deltacron has emerged in Cyprus which has a similar genetic background to the Delta variant, as well as some of the mutations from Omicron, and experts say that it is not something to be worried about at the moment, a media report said. In total, 10 of the mutations from Omicron were found in the 25 samples taken in Cyprus. 11 of the samples came from people who were hospitalized due to the virus, while 14 came from the general population, reported Jerusalem Post citing Cyprus Mail. Dr. Leondios Kostrikis, the head of the laboratory of biotechnology and molecular virology at the University of Cyprus, said that the frequency of the mutation among hospitalized patients was higher and could point to a correlation between the new variant and hospitalizations. ...
India confirms first Omicron-related death as Covid-19 cases jump
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India confirms first Omicron-related death as Covid-19 cases jump

India on Wednesday confirmed its first death linked to the Omicron variant of Sars-CoV-2 after a deceased Udaipur resident’s sample showed presence of the virus. Meanwhile, cases continued to climb sharply across major cities – Mumbai’s fresh Covid cases breached the 15,000 mark, up almost 40 percent from Tuesday, while Delhi’s cases nearly doubled to 10,665. The country had 214,004 active Covid19 cases as of Wednesday, and reported 58,097 fresh cases on January 5. The Health Ministry said that 43 districts in India are reporting a weekly positivity between 5 per cent to 10 per cent now. The 73-year old man had died last week in a Udaipur hospital due to post-Covid pneumonia coupled with comorbidities like diabetes and hypertension. The man had tested positive for Covid-19 on Dece...
New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise
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New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise

With Omicron cases on the rise, New York health officials have reported an increase in hospitalized children, as the White House promised Sunday to quickly resolve the United States’ Covid-19 test shortage. The New York State Department of Health warned “of an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19,” in a statement Friday. In New York City, it “identified four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for children 18 and under beginning the week of December 5 through the current week,” it said. Approximately half of the admissions are younger than five, an age group that is vaccine ineligible, the department added. The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is on the rise, with an average of nearly 190,000 new infections daily over the p...
New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise
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New York Sees Increase In Children Hospitalisation As Omicron Cases Rise

With Omicron cases on the rise, New York health officials have reported an increase in hospitalized children, as the White House promised Sunday to quickly resolve the United States' Covid-19 test shortage. The New York State Department of Health warned "of an upward trend in pediatric hospitalizations associated with Covid-19," in a statement Friday. In New York City, it "identified four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for children 18 and under beginning the week of December 5 through the current week," it said. Approximately half of the admissions are younger than five, an age group that is vaccine ineligible, the department added. The number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is on the rise, with an average of nearly 190,000 new infections daily over the p...