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SII To Seek Emergency Use Authorisation For AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine In 2 Weeks: Poonawalla

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New Delhi: The Serum Institute of India (SII) will seek emergency use authorisation for the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine in about two weeks.
Adar Poonawalla, Founder and CEO of SII said on Saturday that SII is in the process of submitting the data for the clinical trials to the DCGI and will seek emergency use authorisation.
He said there will be no delays in the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout as the trials are more than enough for establishing efficacy and it will not affect emergency use authorization in Europe and certainly not in India. There was a recent error in dosage during trials which AstraZeneca is trying to correct, as per reports.
“What we might have to do is trials for under 18 candidates. That is way all vaccines go. You first have to establish safety for adults and then go for studies on the impact on children,” he added.
Speaking after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the SII facility in Pune, Poonawalla said PM Modi discussed in detail the vaccination scenario and reviewed the vaccine production status.
“Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India. They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to further ramp up vaccine manufacturing. Also took a look at their manufacturing facility,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
He said 50-60 per cent of the world’s vaccines are made in India and with Atmanirbhar Bharat in mind, SII today showcased the largest pandemic facility at their facility in in Pune.
He added that the implementation plan for the AstraZeneca and Oxford vaccine, Covishield will be clear only after emergency use authorisation is received. SII is in the process of submitting to DCGI. There are plans to roll out hundreds of millions of doses in the second quarter but only after all regulatory approvals are received.
He said so many different vaccines were discussed with PM Modi and their logistical and pricing issues. As of now, there is nothing in writing from the Indian government but Health Ministry has announced a target of 300-400 million doses by July 2021, which SII is scaling up for, he added.
SII is in the process of applying of emergency use licence in two weeks. It will be distributed in India initially and then the Covax countries of Africa.
On the other vaccine, Novavax, where SII has a tie up, Poonawalla said it is two months behind Astrazeneca and the same process will be followed in terms of trials and approvals.
The third one, Codagenics is way behind and will take at least a year to get into licence stage. It is only starting stage 1 trials in UK in December so that will take a year, Poonawalla said.
He said both these vaccines can be stored at temperatures of 2-8 celsius for which India has a lot of capacity. He said that for vaccines which much lower temperatures India’s capacity for storage is negligible.
SII is currently producing 50-60 million doses a month which by January-February will be scaled up to 100 million doses a month.
Issues about how to distribute and where to distribute the vaccine will become clear after the vaccine gets emergency use authorisation which will take a few weeks to happen, Poonawalla added.
He added that a delayed approval in UK does not have much impact as stock piling and manufacturing is going on and a delay of a couple of weeks will not make much impact.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has shown zero hospitalization and reduced the virus by 60 per cent. So those who got infected were not passing it on and there was no severe attack of coronavirus requiring hospitalisation.
(IANS)

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Notorious Chadar gang arrested in more than 100 incidents

This gang of Ghodasahan village of East Champaranya in Bihar state is infamous all over the country. In the dark of night, the gang comes in large numbers and lays blankets in front of the shop.

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Notorious Chadar gang arrested in more than 100 incidents

The Crime Branch of Meera Bhaidar Vasai Virar Police has arrested a gang of ‘Ghodasahans’ alias Chadar who have been dodging the police in different states of the country for the past several years. The gang used to be able to break the shutters of the shop with the sheets horizontally, the gang has more than a hundred crime cases registered in different states.

This gang of Ghodasahan village of East Champaranya in Bihar state is infamous all over the country. In the dark of night, the gang comes in large numbers and lays blankets in front of the shop. Other members break the shutters of the shop and burn the goods inside within a few minutes. They mainly stole watches, mobiles, and electronic items. They used to leave after stealing in the night. They used to sell stolen goods in Nepal. The gang had no means of communication, which made it difficult for the police to nab them. Meera Bhaidar Vasai Virar Police Commissionerate Crime Branch had received information about the gang. The police had received information that some gang members would come to rob the petrol pump. Under this, the police have arrested 10 members of the gang by laying a trap. Various weapons brought for loot and goods worth 1.5 lakh were seized from them.

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Big success for MBVV Police:

With the help of Crime Branch Unit 2 officers and a team of police personnel, the Unit 3 team disguised as the petrol pump and laid a trap on Tuesday morning. Seven accused, who came to carry out the robbery, were caught by the gang, while three accused were caught running towards the Tulinj police station area in shorts and vests. One accused is still absconding in this case. Police arrested 10 accused 1) Naeem Hadith Devan 48 years old, 2) Vikram Kumar Premchand Prasad 25 years old, 3) Naeem Munna Dewan 25 years old, Suheb Ahmed 45 years old, Vijaykumar Mahato 25 years old, Aslam Sai 27 years old, Dharmendra Shahani 29 years old, Vikeshkumar Paswan 19-year-old, Rohikumar Paswan 19-year-old, Omnath Kumar Saha 24-year-old have recovered Rs 70,000 in cash and two knives. The 10 accused have been sent to 11-day police custody after being produced in the Vasai Court under police protection.

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After disclosing the case of Virar, Nalasopara, Dindoshi 3 police stations, mobile phone and cash amount of Rs 1 lakh 64 thousand 810 recovered. The gang had registered more than 100 cases of robbery and theft in various states of the country including Vasai Virar. He used to rake theft in the dark of night, and after some time he used to steal away. Crime Branch Police Inspector Pramod Badakh told that he used to sell stolen goods in Nepal as well. Arresting this gang was a big challenge. However, after a thorough investigation by our police, the gang has been caught red-handed, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mahesh Patil said.

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Kejriwal appeals to people to follow Covid guidelines as Delhi Metro, markets reopen

Kejriwal on Saturday had announced further relaxations in the lockdown, and said Delhi Metro would operate at 50 per cent capacity and markets and malls in the national capital would open on an odd-even basis from June 7.

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Arvind Kejriwal speaking with media in his office in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour amid the unlocking process in the national capital.

Kejriwal on Saturday had announced further relaxations in the lockdown, and said Delhi Metro would operate at 50 per cent capacity and markets and malls in the national capital would open on an odd-even basis from June 7.

“Many activities are resuming in Delhi from today. But take all the precautions to prevent corona completely – wear a mask, keep social distance and keep washing hands, there should be no laxity at all,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

“One has to stay away from corona infection and also bring the economy back on track,” the chief minister added.

Malls, markets and market complexes (except weekly markets) will open between 10 am to 8 pm on an odd-even basis in accordance with their shop numbers, from Monday morning.

The Delhi Metro also resumed services from Monday. However, only half of the available trains have been inducted into service with a frequency ranging from nearly five to 15 minutes on different lines, officials said.

-PTI News

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Govt dismisses media reports on CoWIN being hacked

“There have been some unfounded media reports on the CoWIN platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake,” a statement issued by the Union health ministry said.

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The Centre on Thursday debunked media reports about CoWIN being hacked, stating that prima facie, these reports appear to be fake and that the portal stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment.

“There have been some unfounded media reports on the CoWIN platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake,” a statement issued by the Union health ministry said.

However, the ministry and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY), the statement said.

Dr R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (CoWIN), clarified that “our attention has been drawn towards the news circulating on social media about the alleged hacking of the CoWIN system. In this connection, we wish to state that CoWIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment. No CoWIN data is shared with any entity outside the CoWIN environment. The data being claimed as having been leaked such as the geo-location of beneficiaries, is not even collected at CoWIN”.

– PTI News

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