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Bharat Biotech awaits feedback from WHO for COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin’s emergency use listing

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Bharat Biotech on Friday said it has submitted all the data to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin and is awaiting feedback from the UN Public Health Agency.

In a series of tweets, Bharat Biotech said that Covaxin clinical trial was fully compiled and available in June 2021.
“#COVAXIN clinical trial data was fully compiled and available in June 2021. All Data was submitted for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) Application to World Health Organization in early July. We have responded to any clarifications sought by #WHO and are awaiting further feedback,” Bharat Biotech tweeted.

As a responsible manufacturer with past approvals for its other vaccines, the company said it would not find it appropriate to speculate or comment on the approval process and its timelines, it further said.
“We are continuing to work diligently on obtaining WHO EUL at the earliest,” it added.

Earlier on Monday, the sources said that the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) approval for Covaxin, is expected this week.

Bharat Biotech has submitted its Phase 3 clinical trials data that demonstrated 77.8 per cent efficacy to the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

Earlier in June, a pre-submission meeting for WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure (EUL), which provides advice before the submission of the final dossier, was also held.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had also earlier met WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan and held discussions over the approval of Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin.

Covaxin was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology. Covaxin, which has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), contains a whole virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, which is produced in Vero cells.

The vaccine is stable at 2 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius (refrigerated) and is shipped in a ready-to-use liquid formulation that permits distribution using existing vaccine supply chain channels.

The WHO has approved COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Sinopharm.

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BSF Jawan Used to Send Army Secret Information through WhatsApp, Arrested

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BSF constable Mohammad Sajjad Arrest has been arrested from Gandhinagar for allegedly passing sensitive information to Pakistan. ATS Deputy SP BM Chavda said Sajjad, a resident of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, went to Pakistan and stayed there for 46 days before joining the BSF. He used to send notifications on WhatsApp. According to Jagran correspondent from Ahmedabad, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan has been arrested by Gujarat Anti-Terrorism (ATS) squad in Kutch-Bhuj, Gujarat.

According to sources, many of Sajjad’s relatives are residents of Pakistan and are living there. Sajjad had gone to Pakistan only to meet them. Sajjad’s uncle and other members are living in Pakistan. These people had crossed the border to Pakistan and settled there. Sajjad used to send sensitive information across the border through his WhatsApp, and the money that came from there was deposited in the bank accounts of his brother Wajid and another of his associate Iqbal Rashid.

Sources said that Sajjad had got his passport made from the Regional Passport Office in Jammu. On this passport, he travelled to Pakistan for 46 days between December 1, 2011, and January 16, 2012. Sajjad went to Pakistan by Samjhauta Express. Sajjad was using two mobile phones for a long time. Sajjad last activated a SIM card on the phone on January 14, 2021.

When the CDR (Call Data Record) of that number was checked, it was found that the SIM card was in the name of a Satyagopal Ghosh from Tripura. The seam was broken after receiving the OTP for running WhatsApp on this number, and WhatsApp started running. Using this number, he started sending secret and sensitive information to Pakistan. The ATS also recovered two phones and two spare SIM cards from Sajjad’s possession, which are being probed.

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Right-wing Political-Minded Content Gets More Priority on Twitter: Study

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A microblogging Twitter study revealed that its algorithm prefers right-wing political-minded content. Twitter studied the way algorithms work in the US, Germany, Canada, France, Japan, Spain and the UK.

Meanwhile, the social media veteran examined tweets shared by political parties in these countries.

It revealed that tweets by right-wing parties are being given more priority than left-wing parties.

The right-wing news outlet, defined by independent organisations, received more priority than the left-wing news outlet.

The research is based on official and personal tweets from members of the House of Commons in Canada from April 1 to August 15, 2020, the French National Assembly, the German Bundestag, the House of Representatives in Japan, the Congress of Deputies of Spain, the House of Commons in the UK and the House of Representatives in the US and members of the Senate.

The study was conducted by Ferenk Huszar (Twitter, Cambridge University), Sofia Ira Ketena (DeepMind Technologies), Conner O’Brien (Twitter), Luca Bailey (Twitter), Andrew Schlykzer (Twitter), and Moritz Hardt (UC Berkeley).

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NIA Court Sentenced 4 Associates of Hizbul Mujahideen to 12 years’ Rigorous Imprisonment

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NIA Court Delhi has sentenced four members of Hizbul Mujahideen for carrying out terrorist activities across the country with rigorous imprisonment of twelve years and a total fine of fifty thousand rupees. A case was registered against these Hizbul members on November 25, 2011, in Delhi itself. All of them were accused of collecting funds for carrying out terrorist activities.

They used to collect these funds through the J&K Effects Relief Trust, a non-governmental organization supporting Hizbul. He used to transfer this fund to the families of the terrorists killed in the encounter with the security forces so that terrorist activities could be promoted against the country.

According to the NIA, he had made twelve people accused in this case, out of which four members, Mohammad Shafi Shah alias Doctor alias Dawood alias Nisar, were sentenced to twelve years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of fifteen thousand rupees, Talib Lali alias Waseem alias Abu Umer was sentenced to ten years. Imprisonment and fine of ten thousand rupees, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar alias Ghaznabi alias Mohammad Ali was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment and fifteen thousand rupees. In comparison, Mushtaq Ahmed Lone alias Mushtaq Alam was sentenced to ten years imprisonment and ten thousand rupees fine. The trial against the accused occurred in the NIA special court in Delhi, where he was convicted on Tuesday. According to the NIA, a charge sheet was filed in the court against twelve accused.

Eight accused are active members of Hizbul, including Hizbul Mujahideen leader and most wanted terrorist Saeed Salahuddin. Salahuddin is currently hiding in Pakistan, and cases are registered against him for carrying out terrorist activities in many places in India.

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