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Biggest breakthrough, says PM Boris on dexamethasone drug trial results

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday called the life-saving results of a drug trial announced by the University of Oxford as the ‘biggest breakthrough’ so far in global efforts to find a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus that has infected millions across the world.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters file photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 11:13 PM IST
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‘Ground-breaking’: Trial shows drug cuts death risk by third in Covid cases

The results were described by experts such as the UK government’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance as “ground-breaking”, as Imperial College London announced its human trial for a vaccine from this week.
Results released on Tuesday by the University of Oxford say that the use of the cheap and easily available anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone saves the lives of people seriously afflicted by coronavirus, cuts the death risk by a third for those on ventilators, and by a fifth for those on oxygen.(File photo for representation)
Results released on Tuesday by the University of Oxford say that the use of the cheap and easily available anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone saves the lives of people seriously afflicted by coronavirus, cuts the death risk by a third for those on ventilators, and by a fifth for those on oxygen.(File photo for representation)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 08:38 PM IST
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AstraZeneca agrees to make Covid-19 vaccine for Europe

The agreement is the latest in a series to make the vaccine — even though it is not certain it will work. But so desperate is the need that scaling up of manufacturing continues despite the risk.
The vaccine was developed by Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, working with the Oxford Vaccine Group.(REUTERS)
The vaccine was developed by Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, working with the Oxford Vaccine Group.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 13, 2020 09:07 PM IST
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Chinese vaccine maker inks deal in Brazil for final testing

Beijing has mobilized its health authorities, drug regulators and research institutes to work around the clock with local companies to come up with the world’s first effective vaccine for Covid-19.
A scientist dilutes samples during the research and development of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a laboratory of BIOCAD biotechnology company in Saint Petersburg, Russia.(REUTERS)
A scientist dilutes samples during the research and development of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a laboratory of BIOCAD biotechnology company in Saint Petersburg, Russia.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 12, 2020 05:20 PM IST
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Plant-derived drug under testing, cancer drug shows promise: Covid-19 vaccine update

Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp said its research on Avigan as a potential treatment for Covid-19 may drag on until July.
Image for representation: Small bottles labelled with a ‘Vaccine COVID-19’ sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration.(REUTERS)
Image for representation: Small bottles labelled with a ‘Vaccine COVID-19’ sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 04:18 PM IST
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HCQ trial halted over doubts on benefits

The preliminary results of the UK’s Recovery trial were released a day after a flawed study that raised safety concerns about hydroxychloroquine was retracted from the highly cited British medical journal, The Lancet, following scientific scrutiny.
Unlike previous trials that found increased risk of death, the Recovery trial found no significant difference in deaths between the two groups after 28 days.(REUTERS)
Unlike previous trials that found increased risk of death, the Recovery trial found no significant difference in deaths between the two groups after 28 days.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 12:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma

AstraZeneca ties up with Indian company to produce potential vaccine

AstraZeneca recently agreed to supply 400 million doses to the US and UK after reaching a licence agreement with Oxford for its recombinant adenovirus vaccine.
AstraZeneca is building a number of supply chains in parallel across the world to support global access at no profit during the pandemic and has so far secured manufacturing capacity for two billion doses of the vaccine(Bloomberg)
AstraZeneca is building a number of supply chains in parallel across the world to support global access at no profit during the pandemic and has so far secured manufacturing capacity for two billion doses of the vaccine(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 12:05 PM IST
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Oxford vaccine clinical trials to take volunteers from Brazil

Mexico on Wednesday announced more than 1,000 deaths in a day for the first time, while Brazil reported a record 1,349 daily deaths.
Relatives hold candles during a vigil to honour a nurse who died from Covid in Tijuana, Mexico.
Relatives hold candles during a vigil to honour a nurse who died from Covid in Tijuana, Mexico.
Updated on Jun 05, 2020 09:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Brasilia, London, Washington | ByHT Correspondent and Agencies

UK PM appoints Indian-origin academic as Natural History Museum Trustee

Malhi is a professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford, Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Biodiversity and Conservation at Oriel College, Oxford, and the director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests and the Oxford University Biodiversity Network.
The 52-year-old expert will take on the unpaid advisory role for a period of four years until May 2024.(Yadvinder Malhi /Twitter)
The 52-year-old expert will take on the unpaid advisory role for a period of four years until May 2024.(Yadvinder Malhi /Twitter)
Updated on May 28, 2020 04:13 PM IST
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Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine trial has 50% chance of success: Project leader

Oxford’s Jenner Institute has tied up with biopharma major AstraZeneca Plc to produce the vaccine on a mass scale if the results are successful.
The experimental vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is one of the front-runners in the global race to provide protection against the new coronavirus causing the coronavirus pandemic.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
The experimental vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is one of the front-runners in the global race to provide protection against the new coronavirus causing the coronavirus pandemic.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Updated on May 24, 2020 01:56 PM IST
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Oxford vaccine trial progressing ‘very well’, on to Phase II

The Oxford study is merging Phases II and III for a speedier development. Phase III involves assessing how the vaccine works in a large number of people over the age of 18, and how well it prevents people from becoming infected and unwell with Covid-19.
The human trials were first initiated in April.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
The human trials were first initiated in April.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Updated on May 23, 2020 08:52 AM IST
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Covid-19 update: AstraZeneca ramps up capacity ahead of Oxford trial results

The capacity is based on the company’s agreements with producers in several countries - together, it said it now has total capacity sourced for one billion doses through 2020 and into 2021. First deliveries are expected in September.
AstraZeneca has finalised its licence agreement with Oxford University for the recombinant adenovirus vaccine.(REUTERS)
AstraZeneca has finalised its licence agreement with Oxford University for the recombinant adenovirus vaccine.(REUTERS)
Published on May 21, 2020 04:36 PM IST
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Oxford-AstraZeneca pact if Covid-19 vaccine trial succeeds

The Oxford vaccine is currently undergoing human trials and initial data is expected in May and advanced results by September.
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Updated on Apr 30, 2020 07:03 PM IST
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Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial on humans begins with caution

The Oxford project is one of nearly 80 such initiatives across the globe to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.
The two volunteers are among over 1,100 between the ages of 18 and 55 recruited for the trial in Oxford, Bristol, Southampton and London(ANI)
The two volunteers are among over 1,100 between the ages of 18 and 55 recruited for the trial in Oxford, Bristol, Southampton and London(ANI)
Published on Apr 24, 2020 04:41 PM IST
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Nearly 500 of Indian-origin dead in UK as Covid-19 curbs set to stay

The study, intended to track the spread of Covid-19 in the general population, will continue for a year, with the aim that it will help improve understanding around the current rate of infection and how many people are likely to have developed antibodies to the virus.
New figures of hospital deaths show UK-wide 18,738 deaths and 138,078 cases.(AP)
New figures of hospital deaths show UK-wide 18,738 deaths and 138,078 cases.(AP)
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 08:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

After over 13,500 deaths, 1 lakh cases, UK extends Covid-19 lockdown

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced the extension amidst signs that the curbs are having some effect. Ministers and experts said lifting the lockdown or a return to normalcy would not be feasible until the mass availability of a vaccine for the virus.
Official figures show the number of people who tested positive for the virus rose to 103,093.(AFP)
Official figures show the number of people who tested positive for the virus rose to 103,093.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 16, 2020 10:19 PM IST
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About 400 million workers in India may sink into poverty: UN report

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in its report titled ‘ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work’, describes coronavirus pandemic as “the worst global crisis since World War II”.
Representational image.(File Photo)
Representational image.(File Photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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100 years ago, this Indian was Oxford’s first doctor

Sarup, who graduated from DAV College, Lahore, in 1913 and obtained MA in Sanskrit from Oriental College, Lahore, was the first of two students enrolled on Oxford’s DPhil, the other was James Bronte Gatenby from New Zealand.
While teaching Sanskrit in DAV College, Sarup was awarded a scholarship by the colonial Indian government and joined Balliol College in 1916.(Photo: Getty images)
While teaching Sanskrit in DAV College, Sarup was awarded a scholarship by the colonial Indian government and joined Balliol College in 1916.(Photo: Getty images)
Updated on Oct 26, 2019 10:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Diabetes-heart failure link stronger in women: Oxford study

Type 1 diabetes is associated with a 47% excess risk of heart failure in women compared to men, whilst type 2 diabetes has a 9% higher excess risk of heart failure for women than men, the research says.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, currently 415 million adults world-wide live with diabetes, with approximately 199 million of them being women.(Getty Images/iStockphoto file photo for representation)
According to the International Diabetes Federation, currently 415 million adults world-wide live with diabetes, with approximately 199 million of them being women.(Getty Images/iStockphoto file photo for representation)
Updated on Jul 22, 2019 07:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByHT Correspondent

Lewis Carroll: Icon of Maths and Children’s Fiction

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a world-famous writer of children’s fiction and a renowned mathematician. He was famous for his imaginative writing, wordplay, fantasy and for creating the new genre of literary nonsense through Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
In 1856, Charles Dosgson’s poem Solitude was published in The Train magazine. It was the first time he had published his work under the pen name Lewis Carroll.(Illustration by: Sudhir Shetty)
In 1856, Charles Dosgson’s poem Solitude was published in The Train magazine. It was the first time he had published his work under the pen name Lewis Carroll.(Illustration by: Sudhir Shetty)
Updated on Jul 01, 2019 04:44 PM IST
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Oxford honours Cyrus Poonawalla, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Academics Jennifer Doudna, Andrea Ghez, Shafi Goldwasser, Daniel Kahneman Simon Wessely, and Yo-Yo Ma (cellist), besides Poonawalla and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, were conferred with the degrees at a ceremony called ‘Encaenia’.
The Serum Institute, which was founded in 1966, is now the world’s largest manufacturer of life-saving vaccines by the number of doses, producing more than 1.5 billion doses a year that are used in over 170 countries.(University of Oxford)
The Serum Institute, which was founded in 1966, is now the world’s largest manufacturer of life-saving vaccines by the number of doses, producing more than 1.5 billion doses a year that are used in over 170 countries.(University of Oxford)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 09:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Fillip for Humanities as Oxford gets largest-ever donation of £150 million

Oxford has been a leading centre for the study of Humanities and Ethics for nearly 1,000 years, offering an unrivalled depth and range of expertise across disciplines
The donation to the University of Oxford is expected to lead to new academic posts and scholarships.(Reuters)
The donation to the University of Oxford is expected to lead to new academic posts and scholarships.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 19, 2019 06:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

‘No one better to sell UK abroad after Brexit’: Boris Johnson bats for himself

Johnson is among 10 candidates vying to replace Prime Minister Theresa May. They have been making their pitch to the small electorate of 318 Conservative MPs who will vote in the first of the two-phase election, to be followed by party members voting on final two candidates; the result is due in week beginning July 22.
Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign in London, Britain June 12, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign in London, Britain June 12, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2019 06:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

India to account for large number of ‘Facebook-dead’, says Oxford study

The analysis by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) predicts the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years, a trend that will have grave implications for how digital heritage is treated in the future.
If the world’s largest social network continues to expand at current rates, however, the number of deceased users could reach as high as 4.9 billion before the end of the century.(REUTERS PHOTO)
If the world’s largest social network continues to expand at current rates, however, the number of deceased users could reach as high as 4.9 billion before the end of the century.(REUTERS PHOTO)
Updated on May 01, 2019 08:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

UK varsities gear up to track ‘spectacular’ India elections

Scholars and students have started blogs, daily and weekly briefings on various aspects of the election, with social media among the most discussed topics. The University of Oxford has also organised a public event on May 1.
In Oxford, the Computational Propaganda project at the Oxford Internet Institute will be releasing a data memo on April 25 on the influence of social media on the election, accompanied by a webinar to discuss the findings.(HT FILE PHOTO)
In Oxford, the Computational Propaganda project at the Oxford Internet Institute will be releasing a data memo on April 25 on the influence of social media on the election, accompanied by a webinar to discuss the findings.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 04, 2019 04:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Supporters get creative with contributions to poll campaign

Among the “popular” ones are a song composed and performed by a middle-aged businessman and a short documentary made by a young fashion photographer. For most of the contributors, it is their first such experiment.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Supporters get creative with contributions to poll campaignHT PHOTO BY: BURHAAN KINU(Hindustan Times)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Supporters get creative with contributions to poll campaignHT PHOTO BY: BURHAAN KINU(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 31, 2019 05:21 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByAbhishek Dey

Top Oxford honour for Nobel laureate Amartya Sen

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Tuesday was awarded the Bodley Medal by the University of Oxford(HT Photo)
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Tuesday was awarded the Bodley Medal by the University of Oxford(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2019 12:13 AM IST
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Oxford study finds 7 moral rules common across cultures

The largest and most comprehensive survey of morals across 60 societies – including Indian – by researchers at the University of Oxford has concluded that there are seven rules common to all, reflecting commonality across cultures.
People walk around Oxford University's campus in Oxford, England. Image for representation.(AP file photo)
People walk around Oxford University's campus in Oxford, England. Image for representation.(AP file photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2019 09:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Oxford University plans to open new college after a gap of 30 years: Report

The plan to open the new college, which have been backed by the university’s governing body, must now win the approval of the Oxford’s dons and academics, the report said.
Britain’s world-famous University of Oxford is planning to set up a new college after a gap of nearly 30 years as part of his five-year growth strategy, according to a media report.(AP file)
Britain’s world-famous University of Oxford is planning to set up a new college after a gap of nearly 30 years as part of his five-year growth strategy, according to a media report.(AP file)
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 05:48 PM IST
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Indian law expert Tarunabh Khaitan at Oxford wins research prize

Khaitan won the prize from among more than 200 researchers from around the world for his work across disciplines, including discrimination law, constitutional law, legal theory, political philosophy, democratic theory, constitutional design and ethics.
(Photo: University of Oxford)
(Photo: University of Oxford)
Published on Aug 04, 2018 08:18 AM IST
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