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New study explains how SARS-CoV-2 may seize human cells
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New study explains how SARS-CoV-2 may seize human cells

Another detailed study by the American Association for the Advancement of Science asserts that the SARS-CoV-2 virus not only targets to enter the human cells but begin to replicate and spread as well. The findings also highlight that the possibilities could potentially serve as targets for new therapies for patients with COVID-19, although validation in cells and animal models is needed. Scientists know that SARS-CoV-2 binds the ACE2 receptor on the surface of human cells, after which it enters the cell through a process known as endocytosis. Research has suggested that the virus may hijack or interfere with other processes such as cellular housekeeping (autophagy) by targeting other receptors called integrins. However, not much is known about exactly how the virus takes advantage of i...
PM Modi says India self-reliant on Covid-19 vaccines as one million inoculated
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PM Modi says India self-reliant on Covid-19 vaccines as one million inoculated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today India was completely self-reliant on coronavirus vaccine supplies as the world’s second-most populous country inoculated more than one million people within a week of starting a massive campaign. On Saturday, India began what the government calls the world’s biggest vaccination programme, using two shots made locally: one licensed from Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc, and another developed at home by Bharat Biotech in partnership with the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research. “Our preparation has been such that vaccine is fast reaching every corner of the country,” Modi said while interacting with healthcare workers from his Varanasi constituency through video conferencing. “And on the world’s biggest need today, we are complet...
India vaccinates nearly 10.5 lakh beneficiaries till 6th day
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India vaccinates nearly 10.5 lakh beneficiaries till 6th day

India crossed a significant landmark in its fight against COVID-19 with nearly 10.5 lakh beneficiaries inoculated under the nationwide vaccination drive as of January 22, 2021 (till 7 am), the Union Health Ministry said here on Friday. In the last 24 hours, 2,37,050 people were vaccinated across 4,049 sessions. A total of 18,167 sessions have been conducted so far. Karnataka saw the highest number of beneficiaries getting vaccinated at 1,38,807 followed by Andhra Pradesh (1,15,365), Odisha (1,13,623), Telangana (97,087), Bihar (63,541), West Bengal (53,988), Maharashtra (52,393), Haryana (45,893), Tamil Nadu (42,947), Madhya Pradesh (38,278), Kerala (35,173), Gujarat (34,865), Rajasthan (32,379), Uttar Pradesh (22,644), Chhattisgarh (22,171), Delhi (18,844) and Punjab (12,532). Ot...
India reports 14,545 new Covid-19 cases, 163 deaths in last 24 hours
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India reports 14,545 new Covid-19 cases, 163 deaths in last 24 hours

India reported 14,545 new COVID-19 cases, 18,002 discharges, and 163 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry's data on Friday. The country's caseload reached 1,06,25,428, including 1,88,688 active cases and 1,02,83,708 recoveries. The death toll due to COVID-19 in the country mounted to 1,53,032. Kerala has the highest number of active coronavirus cases (69,998) in the country and followed by Maharashtra with 46,836 active cases. As many as 10,43,534 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus in India so far. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 19,01,48,024 samples tested for COVID-19 up to January 21, of which 8,00,242 samples were tested on Thursday. The Union Health Ministry, on Thursday, informed that the ...
India’s vaccine diplomacy in south Asia pushes back against China
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India’s vaccine diplomacy in south Asia pushes back against China

India will give millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Asian countries in the next few weeks, government sources said on Thursday, drawing praise from its neighbours and pushing back against China’s dominating presence in the region. Free shipments of AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest producer of vaccines, have begun arriving in the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Myanmar and the Seychelles are next in line to get free consignments as India uses its strength as one of the world’s biggest makers of generic drugs to build friendships. “The government of India has shown goodwill by providing the vaccine in grant. This is at the people’s level, it is the public who are suffering the most from COVID-19,” said Nepal’s Minis...
India’s Bharat Biotech seeks Bangladesh trial for Covid vaccine approved at home
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India’s Bharat Biotech seeks Bangladesh trial for Covid vaccine approved at home

 India’s Bharat Biotech has applied to conduct trials in Bangladesh for its coronavirus vaccine recently approved for emergency use at home, a senior official at Bangladesh’s main medical research body told Reuters. If allowed to go ahead, this would be the first trial of any coronavirus vaccine in Bangladesh and could give the densely-populated country of more than 160 million faster access to the shot for mass use. The vaccine, developed with the Indian Council of Medical Research, was given the green light for restricted use in India this month without any efficacy data from a late-stage trial. Early tests, however, found it to be safe and generating an immune response in humans. “We have received their proposal,” said Mahmood-uz-Jahan, a director at the state-run Bangladesh Medical ...
India, ‘pharmacy of the world’, starts COVID vaccine shipments to neighbours
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India, ‘pharmacy of the world’, starts COVID vaccine shipments to neighbours

 India started delivering coronavirus vaccines to its neighbours on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, flagging off a drive to garner goodwill in an often fractious region with the first shipment sent to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Bangladesh and Nepal said they expected deliveries on Thursday. The only neighbour absent from India’s list apart from China, is regional rival Pakistan, which had not requested assistance, according to an Indian government official. Many low and middle-income countries are relying on India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, for supplies to start COVID-19 immunisation programmes and bring an end to their outbreaks. “The Pharmacy of the World will deliver to overcome the COVID challenge,” Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said on Twitter, adding the...
Day 4: Challenges faced so far during Covid-19 vaccination drive  in India
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Day 4: Challenges faced so far during Covid-19 vaccination drive in India

Roughly 50% of the people the government expected have been given doses per session in the first three days since Covid-19 vaccinations began in India on Saturday amid reports of vaccine hesitancy. Here is all you need to know about vaccination drive so far and the challenges it faces: • Between Saturday and 5pm on Monday, 381,305 people were given doses in 7,704 sessions. • There were no immunisations on Sunday. • The turnout dipped from 4,319 on Saturday to 3,593 on Monday in Delhi. • Only eight people were vaccinated on Monday at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. • Officials said concerns over the vaccines’ safety appear to have deterred many people as side-effects of the jabs were being highlighted. • Some doctors said they were apprehensive or would no...
29 dead in Norway after getting vaccinated: What we know so far
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29 dead in Norway after getting vaccinated: What we know so far

The number of people above 75 with serious underlying health conditions who died after taking vaccines for the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease in Norway went up to 29 on Saturday. The Scandinavian country, which has inoculated more than 25,000 people since the vaccination drive began on December 27 last year, has confirmed the deaths. Earlier, the age group thought to be in the danger zone was above 80, but the fresh six deaths on Saturday further lowered it to 75 and also raised questions over which groups to target in national inoculation programme. Here is what we know so far: - The Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech is the only one available in Norway and all deaths are seen to be linked with it, according to Norwegian Medicines Agency (NMA). - The NMA wrote to new...
Tamil Nadu rolls out Covid-19 vaccination, govt doctor gets first vaccine shot
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Tamil Nadu rolls out Covid-19 vaccination, govt doctor gets first vaccine shot

Tamil Nadu on Saturday rolled out the COVID-19 vaccination drive at 166 sites across the state with a government doctor here becoming the first to be administered the shot. Chief Minster K Palaniswami said everyone, including him should get vaccinated, but priority, however, was only for frontline workers such as the doctors and health workers. Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) president Dr K Senthil was the first to be administered the vaccine in the state at the Government Rajaji Hospital premises in the presence of Palaniswami, his Cabinet colleagues and senior officials. "Everyone should for sure get vaccinated. You and I have to get vaccinated. Those from your and my family too should get the vaccinated," Palaniswami told reporters here after the roll-out of t...
Key points of PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India
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Key points of PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India

Key points of PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India: The vaccines are living proof of India’s talent and scientific capabilities. India’s vaccination programme is based on humanitarian principles. Our doctors, nurses, medical and paramedical staff are eligible to get the vaccine before others. For the preparation of this vaccination, we have conducted trials, dry runs in states with the help of the state government. Two doses of corona vaccine are absolutely essential. Don’t make the mistake of not taking the second dose. Two weeks after the second dose, you will develop the power to combat corona. The way you remained patient during the war with covid, you must show the same patience in the vaccination. More than 100 countries in India have less than 3 crore...