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COVAXIN trial results on children likely by September: AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria

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Trials for Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin on children are underway and results are expected to be released by September, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Randeep Guleria informed.

“Vaccines for children should come out now because trials in India are already underway for vaccines which are available in India. Bharat Biotech’s trial is in the final phase and by September we will have the data,” Guleria said.

He added, “In the coming weeks or by September, vaccines should be available for children. We should then start schools in a graded manner as we have been doing for 18-45 years age and that also will give more protection to kids and more confidence to the public that children are safe.

The trial is being conducted in three phases by segregating children into categories according to their age. The first trial was started in the age group of 12 to 18 years followed by the age group of 6 to 12. Trials for children between the ages of and 2-6 years are currently undergoing trials.

He further said that vaccine manufacturer Zydus Cadila, which recently requested emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine ZyCov-D, has also included the data for children for their vaccine.

“Zydus Cadila vaccine has also included children and their data is already there. They have already applied for the emergency use authorization,” he said.

Zydus Cadila has concluded its trial for children between the age group of 12 to 18.
The Ahmedabad-based pharmaceutical firm had on July 1, requested emergency use approval for its three-dose COVID shot – the world’s first Plasmid DNA vaccine.

It will, however, be a few more days before the country’s drug regulator Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) gives it emergency use authorisation, as per sources.

The Government of India has been holding discussions with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer, for procuring their vaccine. However, there has been a delay over the same.

“There could be multiple reasons of delay. I think two or three things need to be kept in mind – One is collaboration and the understanding with the government on the doses. They should have enough doses to give because we must understand that these companies have pre-booked the order from many countries,” he said.

They cannot spare doses for other countries unless they fulfil obligations to countries that have already placed orders, the AIIMS director added.

India has been in discussions with the two firms on several issues including indemnity waiver.
Earlier, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog had said, “We are holding discussions. It is a process of negotiation and dialogues. We are trying to get a solution on contractual and commitments issues. This process is ongoing.”

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End of the Second Wave or the Beginning of 3rd Wave? Corona’s Active Cases Lowest in 6 months

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There has been some relief from the decreasing coronavirus cases in India, but the threat of the third wave of the corona is not averted yet. However, for the first time in six months, the active cases of Kovid in the country have come below three lakh.

There are 20 states where more than 100 cases are registered and ten where less than 100 cases are being reported. It is as much a matter of joy as it is a matter of concern because even before the arrival of the second wave, the maths of affairs in February was the same. Even during that time, more than half of the corona cases were from Kerala and Maharashtra.

According to the Ministry of Health data, the number of active cases of corona in India was 2,99,620 on Sunday. Data shows that this is the lowest number of active cases in 191 days (six months), even as India recorded 26,041 new cases on Sunday. The total number of reported coronavirus cases stands at 3,36,78,786, while the death toll has risen to 4,47,194 with 276 fresh deaths.

This was the fourth consecutive week of decline in cases for a week now after seeing a massive surge in corona in Kerala. In May, during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, the number of active cases had risen to 37.45 lakh here.

Despite Kerala reporting an unusually high number of cases, active cases have been steadily declining since May. Even now, around 55 per cent of all active cases in the country are coming from Kerala. Till Sunday, there were 1.63 lakh active cases.

There was a similar situation in February, just before the arrival of the second wave. At least 20 states report more than 100 cases, and ten others are below 100, even in February, with more than half the caseloads being from Kerala and Maharashtra.

On Sunday, 18 states and union territories did not report any deaths. This trend has been observed for over a week now. But the number of daily deaths in India is still over 200, with Kerala accounting for close to 60 per cent. Of the 276 new casualties reported on Sunday, 165 are from Kerala and 36 from Maharashtra.

Amish Mahajan
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India Witnessed 29% Increase in Employment Across 9 Sectors: Labour Ministry

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The Labour Bureau, which works under the Ministry of Labour, has released a survey on employment figures for the first quarter of the financial year 2021-22. India has registered a 29 per cent increase in the number of people employed in the organised sector compared to 2013-14. This is the first time that a quarterly figure has been released for the organised sector.

The Modi government constantly criticised the employment front, made a vital claim today. Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav released the employment figure for the first quarter of 2021-22 (April 2021 – June 2021). According to statistics, a total of 3.08 crore people were employed in select nine sectors of the economy in this quarter.

The survey report has been prepared based on the employment situation in 9 sectors of the economy. These include manufacturing, health, IT/BPO, business, financial services, education, transport, hotels and restaurants and construction sectors have been included.

According to the ministry, only 2.37 crore people were employed in the 2013-14 economic census data. So going by this, employment has increased by 29 per cent.
● The highest number of people (41%) were employed in the manufacturing sector.
● The second-highest number of people (22%) were used in the education sector.
● 8% of the people were employed in the health sector, 7% in business and 7% in the IT/BPO.
● The highest employment growth has been in the IT/BPO sector. This sector has registered an increase of 152%.
● The health sector has reported a rise of 77%, the education sector 39% and manufacturing 22%.

The report also provided information about the employment situation during the lockdown last year. The report acknowledges that about 2.3 million people had to be temporarily unemployed during the lockdown (March 25, 2020, to June 30, 2020).

Twenty-seven per cent of the establishments recorded a decline in the number of employed people, while nearly 70 per cent of the establishments recorded no change. The lowest impact was on establishments related to health and financial services.

Amish Mahajan
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India reports 18,795 new COVID-19 cases, lowest in 201 days

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With 18,795 new COVID-19 infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Tuesday recorded less than 20,000 cases after 201 days, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Out of 18,795 new COVID-19 cases across India, 11,699 cases were reported in Kerala yesterday.
India’s cumulative tally has reached 3,36,97,581, and the number of active cases has declined to 2,92,206, which is the lowest in 192 days.
The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.87 per cent, the lowest since March 2020
According to the health ministry, 32,9,58,002 people have recovered from the disease so far, out of which 26,030 recovered in the last 24 hours.

The country reported the highest recoveries since March 2020, and it currently stands at 97.81 per cent.
The death toll climbed to 4,47,373 with 179 new fatalities.
Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.42 per cent. It has been less than 3 per cent for the 29th consecutive day while the weekly positivity rate has also declined to 1.88 per cent. It has been less than 3 per cent for the last 95 days.
As many as 13,21,780 tests were conducted on Monday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far in the country to 56,57,30,031, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The country has also administered 87.07 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
The cumulative number of COVID vaccine doses administered in the country so far has reached 87,07,08,636 of which doses 1,02,22,525 were administered in the last 24 hours.

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Covid-19 Stats

29 Sep 2021, 12:58 PM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

33,715,049 Total Cases
447,781 Death Cases
32,978,557 Recovered Cases

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