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WHO Europe chief voices ‘grave concern’ about Covid rebound

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WHO Europe chief voices 'grave concern' about Covid rebound

The head of the World Health Organisation’s regional office said that a 53-country region in Europe and Central Asia faces the “real threat” of a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks or already is experiencing a new wave of infections.

Dr. Hans Kluge said case counts are beginning to near record levels again and the pace of transmission in the region, which stretches as far east as the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, is of “grave concern.”

“We are at another critical point of pandemic resurgence,” Kluge told reporters from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Europe is back at the epicentre of the pandemic, where we were one year ago, ” he added.

He said the difference now is that health authorities know more about the virus and have better tools to combat it.

Relaxed prevention measures and low vaccination rates in some areas explain the latest surge, he said.

 

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Covaxin protects recipients from severe Covid-19: Researchers

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Covaxin protects recipients from severe Covid-19: Researchers

According to the researchers, India’s Covaxin activates key memory components of the human immune system that can continue to protect recipients from severe Covid-19 even after the vaccine-generated anti-viral antibodies have waned.

“We see amazingly robust immune memory responses very similar to those caused by the natural infection,” said Nimesh Gupta, a scientist at the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, who led the study.

“These memory responses will outlast and confer protection even the concentrations of the initial antibodies deplete over months,” Gupta said.

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Covid-19 in India: 8,488 new Covid cases in last 24 hours, lowest in 538 days

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On Monday, India reported 8,488 new cases over the previous 24 hours, 19.1% lower than Sunday’s statistics. This was the lowest in 538 days.

With this, country’s cumulative caseload to 3,45,18,901. The number of active cases now stands at 1,18,443 — the lowest in 534 days.

As per the Health Ministry data, as many as 12,510 recoveries were recorded on Monday over the previous 24 hours while the number of deaths stood at 249, taking the total toll to 4,65,911.

The top five states that registered the maximum cases were Kerala with 5,080 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 756 cases, West Bengal with 727 cases, Maharashtra with 298 cases, and Karnataka with 247 cases. As much as 83.75% of the new cases were reported from these five states.

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Covaxin 77.8% effective against Covid-19

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Covaxin 77.8% effective against Covid-19

Medical journal Lancet has now stated that the made-in-India vaccine is 77.8 per cent effective against symptomatic Covid, as demonstrated by the phase 3 data. This came out after the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use.

The efficacy data demonstrated 70.8 per cent protection against all variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As per the phase 3 data, Covaxin was found to be 65.2 per cent effective against the Delta variant, 93.4 per cent effective against severe symptomatic Covid and 63.6 per cent effective against asymptomatic Covid.

Dr. Krishna Ella, CMD of Bharat Biotech said, “The peer-review of Covaxin phase III clinical trial data in The Lancet, an authoritative voice in global medicine, validates our commitment to data transparency and meeting the stringent peer-review standards of world-leading medical journals. This accomplishment reflects the undeterred commitment by my team members at Bharat Biotech, our public partners, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Virology, and the trust imposed by our trial participants who made this happen.”

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