Russia has granted approval for second vaccine though the efficacy of Sputnik remains to be questioned.(REUTERS)
Russia has granted approval for second vaccine though the efficacy of Sputnik remains to be questioned.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 vaccine tracker: Bharat Biotech’s new strategy, Russia’s nod to 2nd vaccine. All you need to know

The results of Bharat Biotech’s phase 2 clinical trial will be known by November.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 09:46 PM IST

Johnson & Johnson’s sudden pause in the ongoing trial of Covid-19 has dashed the world’s hope for an early Covid-19 vaccine a little bit. The company has not revealed much details about the unexplained illness that one of the participant showed after receiving the shot. While it is examining what went wrong, here are other Covid-19 vaccine developments across the globe.

Bharat Biotech’s new strategy

India’s Bharat Biotech, which is producing an indigenous vaccine in collaboration with ICMR, is reportedly speeding up its trial. It has halved the size of the phase 2 clinical trial, reports said. Instead of 750 participants, it will now test the vaccine on 380 volunteers so that it can speedily move to phase 3.

Oxford vaccine phase 3 trial results by December

The results of phase three of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine could be available by November-end or early December.

Dr Reddy’s applies again for Sputnik’s trial in India

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has reapplied to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), which struck down its earlier proposal, seeking permission to conduct combined phases 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India.

Russia approves second vaccine

Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second Covid-19 vaccine, President Vladimir Putin said at a government meeting broadcast on state television on Wednesday. This comes at a time when Russia is reeling under a second wave, despite being the first country to have announced a vaccine.

China plans to inoculate students

Reports said China National Biotec Group Co, which is a subsidiary of state-owned Sinopharm Group Co, is in talks with the Chinese government about giving experimental vaccines to students who will be going to foreign countries for studies.

UK mulling challenge studies

Several support groups in the United Kingdom are pushing for challenge studies where people would be infected with Covid-19 virus to help researchers find out a vaccine. Though no major pharma company has shown interests to carry out such studies, several volunteers are up for it.

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Municipal workers in PPE look on as passengers from United Kingdom arrive at Mumbai airport.(PTI File Photo)
Municipal workers in PPE look on as passengers from United Kingdom arrive at Mumbai airport.(PTI File Photo)

Govt extends restrictions on flights between India and UK till Feb 14

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:03 PM IST
The World Health Organisation announced on Wednesday that the UK variant of the disease has spread to 70 countries.
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The Congress attacked Home Minister Amit Shah for the violence in Delhi during the tractor parade on Tuesday(PTI file)
The Congress attacked Home Minister Amit Shah for the violence in Delhi during the tractor parade on Tuesday(PTI file)

Cong sharpens attack on Centre for violence in Delhi. Amit Shah is the target

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:59 PM IST
  • The Congress said the violence during the tractor parade in Delhi was a concerted conspiracy, aided and abetted by the government to malign the entire farmers’ movement against the three farm laws
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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addresses the media at a press conference in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addresses the media at a press conference in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

Congress, Rahul Gandhi instigated farmers protest, claims Prakash Javadekar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:35 PM IST
Referring to the unfurling of a flag from the ramparts of Red Fort, Javadekar said, "India won't tolerate the manner in which the Tricolour was insulted at the Red Fort."
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing office bearers of UDF in Wayanad, his constituency in north Kerala. (HT PHOTO).
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing office bearers of UDF in Wayanad, his constituency in north Kerala. (HT PHOTO).

Congress to field mix of youth and experience for Kerala polls: Rahul Gandhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:33 PM IST
  • On a two day visit to his constituency, he will kick-start the party’s election campaign in Kerala and meet many local leaders.
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Akash Pathak who is accused of orchestrating a job scam with his father Abhay Pathak. Both were arrested last month.(Facebook)
Akash Pathak who is accused of orchestrating a job scam with his father Abhay Pathak. Both were arrested last month.(Facebook)

Odisha govt fails to file charges, IFS officer, son get bail in corruption case

By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:29 PM IST
  • The Odisha Vigiance Department which had accused teh IFS officer of amassing disproportionate assets worth 9.35 crore had claimed that it was the biggest case of disproportionate assets in its history.
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File photo of Fatima Safa, during Rahul Gandhi's previous visit to Kerala in 2019.(ANI Photo)
File photo of Fatima Safa, during Rahul Gandhi's previous visit to Kerala in 2019.(ANI Photo)

Kerala student wins praise for flawlessly translating Rahul Gandhi's speech

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:01 PM IST
The former Congress president is on a two-day visit to Wayanad. The visit comes in the wake of Assembly elections in the state in April-May.
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Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that all subjects sign a consent form before the trials that detail all the possible adverse effects of the vaccine inoculation.(HT Photo)
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that all subjects sign a consent form before the trials that detail all the possible adverse effects of the vaccine inoculation.(HT Photo)

Ministry asks states to implement plan for regulating online health aggregators

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:55 PM IST
The ministry has further advised that the Department of Home of the state concerned may also be requested to investigate such matters with an objective to prevent any kind of violation (civil or criminal/cyber or otherwise) of applicable laws.
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India will on Thursday dispatch 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccines to Sri Lanka as grant assistance under its “Vaccine Maitri” initiative(MINT_PRINT)
India will on Thursday dispatch 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccines to Sri Lanka as grant assistance under its “Vaccine Maitri” initiative(MINT_PRINT)

News updates from HT: India extends 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative to Sri Lanka

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:53 PM IST
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Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar and Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Shekhawat will be the keynote speakers at the summit. (PTI)
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar and Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Shekhawat will be the keynote speakers at the summit. (PTI)

‘Never said doors for dialogue are closed’: Prakash Javadekar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:47 PM IST
  • "We have never said that the doors for dialogue are closed. Have you heard? Whenever talks are held, we will let you know," Prakash Javadekar said. The government has so far held 11 rounds of talks with the farmers who have been protesting since November 26 last year.
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A damaged police vehicle, damaged in Republic Day violence, is seen in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
A damaged police vehicle, damaged in Republic Day violence, is seen in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

No one will be spared, says Delhi Police commissioner on R-Day violence

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:47 PM IST
Giving details about the injuries sustained by the cops, he said that 394 police personnel are injured and some of them are in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of various hospitals.
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The accused was arrested on the complaint of the victim's father.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)
The accused was arrested on the complaint of the victim's father.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)

Uttarakhand man bludgeons 9-year-old cousin to death with cricket bat

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:43 PM IST
  • Police said the accused had an altercation with the victim earlier in the day and then barged into his room in the evening and thrashed him with a cricket bat.
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Indian farmer volunteers managing the stage keep guard at Singhu, the Delhi-Haryana border camp for protesting farmers against three farm bills, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.(AP)
Indian farmer volunteers managing the stage keep guard at Singhu, the Delhi-Haryana border camp for protesting farmers against three farm bills, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.(AP)

Day after violence, farm leaders postpone February 1 march to Parliament

By hindustantimes.com, HT Correspondent | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 09:41 PM IST
The farmers had decided to march to Parliament to mark their protest against the three contentious farm laws passed by the government in September last year.
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Since the launch of the Vaccine Maitri (Vaccine Friendship) initiative on January 20, India has provided vaccines to Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. (MEA) (Image used for representation).
Since the launch of the Vaccine Maitri (Vaccine Friendship) initiative on January 20, India has provided vaccines to Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. (MEA) (Image used for representation).

India to send 5 lakh Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka as part of ‘Vaccine Maitri’

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:32 PM IST
  • The delivery of vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India will fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during their virtual summit last September for all possible support to minimise the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
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The police officials claimed that Maoists are under pressure in the Manpur area of Rajnandgaon district because of anti-naxal operations going on in the region.(Representative Photo)
The police officials claimed that Maoists are under pressure in the Manpur area of Rajnandgaon district because of anti-naxal operations going on in the region.(Representative Photo)

Chhattisgarh: Maoists kill 2 villagers in Rajnandgaon

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:26 PM IST
As per information, on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, Maoists killed two villagers on the suspicion of being a police informer in Rajnandgaon district.
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Ayodhya: A flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of the Republic Day before the symbolic foundation stone laying for the construction of a mosque in the 5 acre land, which has been alloted after the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid case, at Dhannipur, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_26_2021_000291B)(PTI)
Ayodhya: A flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of the Republic Day before the symbolic foundation stone laying for the construction of a mosque in the 5 acre land, which has been alloted after the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid case, at Dhannipur, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_26_2021_000291B)(PTI)

UPSCWB to seek clearance of Ayodhya development authority for Dhannipur complex

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:24 PM IST
  • The Dhannipur project includes a mosque, hospital, museum, library, community kitchen, Indo-Islamic Cultural Research Centre and a publication house.
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