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Afternoon brief: What's written in 'hoax' threat emails to Delhi-NCR schools?; AstraZeneca on Covishield vaccine, more

May 01, 2024 01:43 PM IST

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Several schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) received alarming bomb threat emails, instigating widespread concern among authorities and parents alike. The emails, sent to over 50 schools, warned of "many explosive devices" within the premises. Despite intensive checks by the Delhi Police and assurances from the Union home ministry, anxiety soared. Delhi fire services reported numerous distress calls, indicating the severity of the situation. Special police commissioner RP Upadhyay labeled the emails a "terror threat," prompting the counter-intelligence unit's involvement. While investigations are ongoing, authorities stress the importance of remaining vigilant. The incident disrupted normalcy, with parents like Sachin Goyal expressing shock and apprehension. As the situation unfolds, efforts to ensure the safety of students and schools remain paramount. Dig deeper

Noida: Security personnel inspect a class room at the DPS School after a bomb threat was received by the school via e-mail, at Sector 30, in Noida, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_01_2024_000037B)(PTI)
Noida: Security personnel inspect a class room at the DPS School after a bomb threat was received by the school via e-mail, at Sector 30, in Noida, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_01_2024_000037B)(PTI)

AstraZeneca reassured the public of its Covid-19 vaccine's safety amidst concerns about rare side effects. The pharmaceutical giant emphasized "patient safety" as its top priority, acknowledging reported health issues and expressing sympathy for those affected. This statement followed AstraZeneca's admission that its vaccines, Covishield and Vaxzevria, could cause Thrombosis Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) in very rare cases. The company clarified that TTS can occur even without vaccination, requiring expert evaluation for each case's causation. Despite legal challenges, including a class action lawsuit alleging vaccine-related deaths and injuries, AstraZeneca reiterated confidence in the vaccine's safety and efficacy. The lawsuit, initiated by Jamie Scott, claimed severe brain impairment following vaccination. With 51 cases filed, claimants seek damages exceeding 100 million euros from the company. AstraZeneca continues to defend its vaccine based on extensive clinical trial data and real-world evidence. Dig deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our Afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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