Central Committee Recommends Covaxin Approval
An expert panel from the Central Medicines Authority of India today recommended granting authorization for the emergency restricted use of the locally developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, under certain conditions, one day after giving similar instructions for the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, the sources said. Covaxin was developed locally by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). On January 2, the COVID-19 Subject Matter Experts Committee (SEC) of the Central Drug Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) again deliberated on the request for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the pharmaceutical company based in Hyderabad, after presenting data, facts and analysis after the review meeting on Jan 1, Bharat Biotech applied to the Comptroller General of Medicines of India (DCGI) for authorization to use emergency for its Covaxin injection on Dec 7 . On January 1, the SEC recommended granting permission for Oxford’s emergency restricted use. AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
Farmer groups say they will hold a parallel tractor parade on Republic Day: Tens of thousands of protesting farmers will march to Delhi on Republic Day and hold their own parallel tractor parade if their demands are not met. Not satisfied by then, executives at Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said on Saturday. After more than a month of camping in various locations on Delhi’s borders, farmer groups issued an ultimatum to the Center ahead of the next round of negotiations on Monday.
Ganguly was rushed to Woodlands Hospital after falling ill during a workout at the gym at his residence in Calcutta. Rupali Basu, CEO of Woodlands Hospital, said Mr. Ganguly is hemodynamically stable. “He has received loading doses of dual antiplatelets and statins and is currently undergoing primary angioplasty,” the hospital said in a news release. Ganguly’s brother and secretary of the Bengal Cricket Association, Snehashis Ganguly, also added that his brother was stable.
Farmer ends life on Ghazipur border
A 70-year-old farmer from Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh reportedly ended his life by being hanged at the Ghazipur border on Saturday morning, police said. Facing the cold snap, hundreds of farmers in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are protesting against the agricultural laws on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. Rajvir Singh, National Vice President of Union Bhartiya Kisan, said the farmer had been identified as Kashmira Singh from the Bilaspur block in Rampur. This is the second death on the Ghazipur border in two days. A 57-year-old Baghpat farmer died of cardiac arrest on Friday.
Free vaccination for 3 million frontline workers during the first phase: Minister of Health
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Saturday that free coronavirus vaccination would be provided to more than three million priority beneficiaries. He added that details of how the remaining 27 priority beneficiaries will be vaccinated by July are being finalized. Earlier today, Mr. Vardhan, who visited the GTB Hospital in Delhi to review a COVID-19 vaccine trial, said that “the safety of the vaccine is the main concern.”
Five Indian Players Quarantined Amid Protocol Violation Investigation
Five India Test players, including Vice Captain Rohit Sharma, rising starter Shubman Gill, and wicket-batsman goalkeeper Rishabh Pant, were in isolation and have been opened an investigation into a possible violation of the biosafety protocol by them, Cricket Australia said on Saturday. While BCCI officials initially dismissed any investigation on their part, Cricket Australia’s late statement said a joint investigation was underway and that the five men had been isolated from the remaining squad after a fan had done so. posted a video of them eating at an indoor restaurant on Twitter. The person claimed to have hugged Pant, but later retracted. India and Australia are currently involved in a series of four tests.