Covaxin, India’s indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine, may be cleared by the World Health Organisation as early as next week when the UN agency and an independent group of experts meet. This comes almost a week after WHO delayed the emergency use authorisation (EUA) for Covaxin as the global body sent more technical queries to its manufacturer, Bharat Biotech.
“WHO & an independent group of experts are scheduled to meet next week to carry out the risk/benefit assessment and come to a final decision whether to grant Emergency Use Listing to Covaxin,” WHO tweeted on Tuesday.
Bharat Biotech “has been submitting data to the WHO on a rolling basis and submitted additional info at WHO’s request on 27 September”, another tweet read.
Meanwhile, India reported the lowest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in 209 days with 18,346 new infections on Tuesday – the country had reported 20,799 cases on Monday. At least 263 deaths due to coronavirus were also recorded in the last 24 hours.
The active cases comprise 0.75 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020 — the active caseload at present is 2,52,902, lowest in 201 days.
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Kerala Health Minister Veena George and Minister for Public Education V Sivankutty on Tuesday handed over the guidelines to the Cheif Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the reopening of school from November 1 in Kerala amid COVID-19.
The freshly issued guidelines stated that the schools would be reopened in hybrid mode. The current online classes would continue for children who are unable to reach school directly.
The guideline stated that in the first phase, the children in each class would be divided into batches to limit the number of children in classes. However, the guidelines stated that such batch adjustment is not mandatory in schools with less number of students.
The World Health Organization’s Covid-19 chief warned Tuesday “We’re not out of the woods” in the fight against the pandemic, even if many people thought it was nearly over.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for WHO’s Covid-19, said last week 3.1 million known new cases were reported to the UN health agency, and 54,000 more deaths — though the true numbers would be much higher.
“The situation is still incredibly dynamic. And it’s dynamic because we don’t have control over this virus,” she said during a live presentation on the WHO’s social media channels.
India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 92 crores on Tuesday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. More than 54 lakh Vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday till 7 pm.
“In a significant achievement, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 92 Crore landmark milestone (92,11,80,022) today. More than 54 lakh (54,08,420) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Tuesday,” read a press statement from the Ministry.
Spain’s health ministry said Thursday it would give third doses of coronavirus vaccines to the over-70s, hoping to improve their protection against Covid-19.
The National Public Health Commission has decided to offer the booster jab vaccinations from late October to elderly people who received a second vaccine dose more than six months ago, the ministry said in a statement.
Spain had until now only offered third doses to care home residents and some people with compromised immune systems.
“The aim is to increase protection of the most vulnerable,” the ministry said.
A four-member central team, led by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) consultant-epidemiologist Dr Vinita Gupta, arrived in Aizawl on Tuesday to assess the COVID-19 situation, amid the surge in infections in the state, an official statement in Aizawl said.
Shortly after the team’s arrival in the state capital on Tuesday, its members held a meeting with officials of State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), chief medical officers (CMOs) of Aizawl East and Aizawl West and discussed ways to combat the situation.
The team will hold another virtual meeting with chief medical officers of various districts on Wednesday to review the measures being taken to control the spread of the disease across the state, the statement said.