Expert Group Recommends Approval of Sputnik V Vaccine for Emergency Use in India
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; Russian Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, has been recommended for emergency use authorization in India following a meeting of the Subject Matter Expert Committee (SEC) today. If approved by the General Drug Controller of India (DCGI), Sputnik-V would be the third vaccine available in India after the Serum Institute of India in Covishield, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech.
- The recommendation comes amid the recent record surge in new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the pandemic began last year.
- Sputnik V, developed by the Russian Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleya, claims to be one of the three vaccines in the world with more than 90% effectiveness.
- Efficacy of the vaccine is confirmed in 91.6% based on the analysis of data from 19,866 volunteers, who received either the first and the second dose of Sputnik V vaccine or the placebo in the final control point of 78 confirmed cases of Covid-19, highlighted the information published on the official website of the vaccine.
- Further they added that the vaccine supplies for the world market will be produced by international partners of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in India, Brazil, China, South Korea and other countries.
- While Dr Reddy’s will market the vaccine in India, RDIF has partnered with other Indian companies (Hetero Biopharma, Gland Pharma, Stelis Biopharma and Virchow Biotech) to produce 850 million doses of Sputnik V in the country each year.
- RDIF, in collaboration with partners and manufacturers, is increasing production of Sputnik V.
- The cost of one dose of the vaccine for international markets is less than $ 10 (Sputnik V is a two-dose vaccine) and (freeze-dried form) of the vaccine can be stored between +2 and +8 degrees Celsius, allowing easy distribution around the world, including to hard-to-reach areas as the website says.
Massive crowds in Kumbh as India records highest number of new daily infections in the world
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; Hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshipers flocked to take a holy bath in the Ganges on Monday, even as the country racked up the world’s highest number of new daily coronavirus infections, Reuters reported.
- With 168,912 new cases, India accounts for one in six of all new infections worldwide.
- But today, in Haridwar, nearly a million devotees thronged to the banks of the Ganges to participate in the Kumbh Mela ‘.
- By mid-morning, a million people had bathed in the river in what has all the signs of a super spreader event.
- New infections on Monday pushed India ahead of Brazil by a total of 13.53 million, according to data compiled by Reuters, ranking it second among the most infected countries after the United States, with 31.2 million.
- While several states reinstated partial restrictions to break the chain of transmission, thousands of people also attended political protests today, including two events in West Bengal where Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave campaign speeches.
Suo motu PIL on Covid-19 “health emergency” in Gujarat: HC criticizes state government.
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; Gujarat High Court harshly criticized the state government during the hearing on a suo motu (PIL) public interest litigation petition on the worsening of the Covid-19 situation and asked it to submit a detailed affidavit by April 15, on the measures the authorities were taking to control the pandemic situation.
- In an online hearing, the Chief Justice Vikram Nath expressed dissatisfaction with “certain policies” of the state government to address the pandemic amid a surge in cases and deaths, and told General Counsel Kamal Trivedi that they were needed. corrections.
- In fact, the Chief Justice himself launched the new suo motu petition on Sunday night after calling the Covid-19 situation a “health emergency” in the state.
- He assembled a bench run by him and listed the matter for an urgent hearing Monday morning. The court judged the situation to be grim according to media reports.
- The court was particularly concerned about the shortage of Remdesivir injections and long lines for patient relatives outside hospitals to obtain injection vials.
- Further, Chief Justice has asked the attorney general to ensure that the injection stock data is presented to the court before the next hearing on April 15.
- Advocate General, during his presentation, informed the Court of the measures taken by the government and suggested that “they came to light” media reports on the situation on the ground.
- After his extensive presentations that sought to paint a picture of normalcy in the state, the judiciary observed after hearing it, and stated the situation is quite bleak.
Rafale deal: SC says it will consider filing a petition shortly after two weeks
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; Supreme Court said today, it would consider including after two weeks a brief motion filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma requesting the registration of an FIR and an investigation under the Official Secrets Act in a news outlet.
- The anti-corruption agency, the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA), had discovered that aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation had paid 1 million euros to an Indian company as part of the 2016 Rafale deal.
- Sharma mentioned the petition, without explicitly referring to the details, before a bank headed by Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde.
- The petition named Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the first respondent, followed by Sushen Mohan Gupta, Defsys Solutions Private Limited, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited, Center, and CBI in that order.
- The petition urged the Supreme Court to order the registration of an FIR for various crimes, including fraud, criminal breach of trust, sections of the Corruption Prevention Law and the Official Secrets Law.
- He urged the court to issue “appropriate written instructions for the annulment / nullification of the agreement of September 23, 2016 for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault France as affected by fraud, corruption and violation under the Secrets Act Officers and get all the advance back.
SC rejects request to remove 26 verses from the Quran, claiming it is “absolutely frivolous”
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by former chief of the Shiite central council of the Uttar Pradesh Waqf, Waseem Rizvi, to withdraw 26 verses from the Koran, saying they “encouraged terror”.
- A bench led by Judge Rohinton Nariman declared the request for the order “absolutely frivolous.” The court ordered Rizwi 50,000 rupees in costs. You have to pay the amount to the legal aid authorities.
- Are you sure you want to discuss the petition? Judge Nariman asked the lawyer.
- The latter requested “two minutes” to present his case. He went on to explain how these verses have been used to instill the “sparks of Islamic terrorism” in children held in “captivity” in madrasas.
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,35,97,831 at the time of publication of this bulletin. with the death toll at 1,71,972.
- With the increase in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has banned airlines from serving meals on board for flights of less than two hours.
- The order, which comes into effect on April 15, also requires airlines to ensure that passengers seated in adjacent seats receive food in a staggered fashion.
- Delhi government on Monday declared 14 private hospitals in the city as “full COVID-19” hospitals and ordered them not to admit non-COVID patients until new orders are received.
- Nineteen private hospitals have been ordered to reserve at least 80% of their intensive care beds for coronavirus-related treatment.
- 82 private hospitals have been asked to reserve at least 60% of their intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients, according to the order of the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS).
Sushil Chandra as the next chief election commissioner
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; The government has appointed Sushil Chandra as the next chief electoral commissioner. He replaces Sunil Arora, who left office today. Chandra, the top election commissioner, will take office at the CEC on Tuesday.
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-04-2021; Indian industrial production contracted 3.6% in February, official data showed on Monday.
- In addition, retail inflation hit 5.52% in March, mainly due to rising food prices, government data showed on Monday.
- Retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 5.03% in February.
- According to data from the Industrial Production Index (IIP) released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), production in the manufacturing sector fell 3.7% in February 2021.
- The IIP had increased by 5.2% in February 2020.