75.8 pc elderly claim gap between generations rose much rapidly during Covid: Study
About 75.8 per cent elderly claimed that the gap between generations has increased more rapidly during the past two years due to COVID-19, according to a new study. Under the study, titled "Covid Impact on the Elderly in India" by the Agewell Foundation, its volunteers spread across the country interacted with 10,000 elderly persons (60-plus) during the month of August-September 2021.
Serum Institute of India to supply nearly 22 cr doses of Covishield vaccine to Centre in Oct
The Serum Institute of India has informed the Centre that it will be able to supply around 22 crore doses of Covishield in October as the Union government has announced resuming export of surplus Covid vaccines in the coming fourth quarter under the 'Vaccine Maitri' programme, official sources said. In a communication to the Centre on Monday, Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India (SII), said the firm has enhanced its production capacity of Covishield and it will be able to supply 21.90 crore doses in October to Government of India and private hospitals.
India calls new UK COVID-19 vaccine rules 'discriminatory'
India on Tuesday criticized the British government's decision not to recognize coronavirus vaccine certificates issued by Indian authorities, calling it a discriminatory policy that will impact its citizens who want to travel to that country.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the new rules unveiled last week, which take effect next month, could force India to impose reciprocal measures" if it isn't resolved.
COVID vaccines safe, effective for cancer patients, studies find
People with cancer have an appropriate, protective immune response to COVID-19 vaccines without experiencing any more side-effects than the general population, researchers said on Tuesday. Evidence presented virtually to a global audience at the annual congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), suggests that a third "booster" shot could further increase the level of protection among this patient population.
Melbourne police fire pepper balls, pellets to break up COVID-19 protest
Police in Melbourne fired pepper balls and rubber pellets on Thursday to disperse about 2,000 protesters who defied stay-at- home orders to damage property, block a busy freeway and injure three officers, leading to more than 60 arrests. It was the second day of demonstrations in the locked-down Australian city after authorities shut construction sites for two weeks, saying workers' frequent movement was spreading the coronavirus. During eight hours of downtown protests, demonstrators threw rocks, bottles and flares at police, as television and social media showed video of marchers chanting and attacking police cars, surrounded by mounted police and officers in riot gear.
COVID vaccines safe, effective for cancer patients, find studies
People with cancer have an appropriate, protective immune response to COVID-19 vaccines without experiencing any more side-effects than the general population, researchers said on Tuesday. Evidence presented virtually to a global audience at the annual congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), suggests that a third "booster" shot could further increase the level of protection among this patient population. Patients with cancer were excluded from the clinical trials conducted to develop the COVID-19 vaccines and support their authorisation for use. The questions of whether the vaccines are safe in this vulnerable population and whether they provide adequate protection against severe forms of COVID-19 to individuals whose immune system may be weakened by various anticancer medicines had until now been left open.
Student groups mount pressure on Jamia to reopen campus
Various student groups have urged Jamia Millia Islamia to reopen its campus in view of the improved COVID-19 situation in Delhi. Although other central varsities like the Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have initiated phase-wise reopening of their campuses, Jamia Millia Islamia has not yet made any announcement in the regard. (PTI)
Antibodies from original Covid virus strain don't bind to variants: Study
People infected with the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 early in the pandemic produced antibodies that don't bind well to newer variants, according to a study. The finding, published in the journal Nature Communications, has implications for the ability of new variants to reinfect people who contracted earlier versions of the virus, as well as for the continuing efficacy of vaccines and the design of booster shots. The researchers mined published papers about COVID-19 patients for data about the sequence of the antibodies they produced. They focused on antibodies against the spike protein, the part of the virus that binds to receptors on human cells to infect them. The spike protein is the target of most vaccines.
Over 79.74 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre
More than 79.74 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Further, 33 lakh doses are in the pipeline. Over 5.34 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, it said.
S Jaishankar raises COVID-19 quarantine issue during his meeting with UK counterpart
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urged for an "early resolution" of the COVID-19 quarantine issue and discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the developments in the Indo-Pacific during his meeting with the newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Jaishankar arrived on Monday to participate in the high-level 76th session of the UN General Assembly. Shortly after his arrival in the city, he held bilateral meetings with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and the UK's new Foreign Secretary. "Pleased to meet new UK Foreign Secretary Truss Liz. Discussed the progress of Roadmap 2030. Appreciated her contribution on the trade side. Exchanged views on developments in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific. Urged early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest," Jaishankar tweeted. The meeting in New York between Jaishankar and Truss came the same day as the UK announced new COVID-related travel restrictions that sparked sharp criticism and concerns in India.
Joe Biden aims to enlist allies in tackling climate, COVID, more
President Joe Biden planned to use his first address before the U.N. General Assembly to reassure other nations of American leadership on the global stage and call on allies to move quickly and cooperatively to address the festering issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses. Biden, who arrived in New York on Monday evening to meet with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of Tuesday's address, offered a full-throated endorsement of the body's relevance and ambition at a difficult moment in history. The president, in brief remarks at the start of his meeting with Guterres, returned to his mantra that America is back" a phrase that's become presidential shorthand meant to encapsulate his promise to take a dramatically different tack with allies than predecessor Donald Trump.
As economic activity picked up after states eased COVID-19 curbs, 92 percent of companies in India extended average increments of 8 percent in 2021, reveals the latest Workforce and Increments Trends Survey by Deloitte. The study adds that going forward, firms in India are expected to give an average salary increment of 8.6 percent, up from 8 percent in 2021 and 4.4 percent in 2020 when just 60 percent of the companies had extended a pay hike. In fact, about 25 percent of the surveyed companies said they planned to extend a double-digit increment to employees in 2022.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor questions UK vaccine rules requiring fully vaccinated travellers from India to quarantine
"Double standards applied by the UK are impossible to understand. I personally don't have time to go to a country and sit in quarantine for 10 days. So I've cancelled my trip. It's time we all stood up and said to the British - 'Get your act together'. Either you ask Serum Institute of India (SII) to make those vaccines and ship it to Britain or you say you don't accept the vaccines. You can't have it both ways," says Tharoor.
Pondicherry records 101 new coronavirus cases
Puducherry reported 101 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Tuesday, taking the total positives to 1,25,618. The fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 5,461 samples. The active cases were 922 of whom 142 were under treatment in hospitals and the remaining 780 were in home isolation. Director of Health G.Sriramulu said while 46 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours the overall recoveries in the Union Territory so far were 1,22,864. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions and fatalities remained 1,832. The Director noted that the test positivity rate was 1.85 percent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.46 percent and 97.81 percent respectively.