Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is very effective in adolescents
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-05-2021; The possibility of children returning to normal life in the United States was heightened on Tuesday when vaccine maker Moderna announced that its Covid-19 mRNA-1273 vaccine is 100% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in children of 12 to 17 years after two doses.
- The company said it would approach the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the use of its vaccine to this age group in early June.
- Two-thirds of 3,732 people aged 12 to 17 received two doses of the vaccine in Moderna’s latest clinical study. None of them developed severe Covid-19 (equivalent to 100% effectiveness), while four developed Covid-19 in the placebo group, the company said.
- The single dose of the vaccine resulted in 93% efficacy according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) case definition, which has been modified to reflect the lower overall rate of infections in adolescents. Teens in the study will be monitored for a year after their second dose, The New York Times reported.
“We are encouraged that mRNA-1273 has been very effective in preventing Covid-19 in adolescents,”said Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel.
- Some have criticized the United States for vaccinating children, who are less susceptible to serious Covid-19 infections, while the most vulnerable adult populations in countries around the world, including India, have failed yet been vaccinated.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was recently approved for emergency use in 12 to 15 years. Pfizer and Moderna are conducting vaccine trials in children aged 6 months to 11 years.
Don’t mix personal freedom of Trinamool leadership with CBI office ‘site’: SC tells Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-05-2021; On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to allow the CBI to use the “seat” and “dharna” of West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee at the premises of the main investigative agency as a pretext to restrict the personal freedom of four TMC leaders arrested in Narada. the tapes case, forcing the CBI to withdraw its custody appeal.
- A bench of Judges Vineet Saran and B.R. Gavai said the agency was free to separately prosecute Banerjee, his justice minister Moloy Ghatak and other TMC executives for allegedly breaking into their offices on May 17.
- But he would not allow his alleged actions to infringe the rights of the defendants, currently under house arrest.
- The court, which declined to comment on the merits of the case, reacted to this by noting that a five-judge High Court in Calcutta “was already considering all factors related to the case” following a verdict shared on the question of the deposit.
- When the CBI argued that the four defendants would influence witnesses from the “comfort” of their house arrest, the court responded that there were “two groups of defendants in this case”.
“A group is the one against whom the indictment sheet has been laid. The other group is the one against whom the indictment sheet was not presented. Now tell us, which of the two is more influential?Asked Judge Gavai.
Selection of the head of the CBI: in a dissenting note, Adhir Ranjan questions the conduct of the DoPT
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-05-2021; The conduct of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been “unpleasant” during the selection process for a new CBI director and the selection committee meeting should be postponed, the congressman told Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in a dispute note that it was submitted to the very powerful selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana is the other member of the committee that decides on the appointment of the head of the CBI.
- Opposing the way the DoPT, the nodal ministry for all important positions in central institutions, had shortlisted 16 names from a list of 109 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers at the “ eleventh hour ”, did he declare for canceling Monday’s meeting.
- However, as the CBI had not had a full-time director since February, the committee decided to continue the meeting.
- The 16 names, whose records were sent to committee members on the day of the meeting, included the current head of the Border Security Force (BSF) Rakesh Asthana [Gujarat cadre: lot 1984] and the head of the National Investigative Agency YC Modi [Assam-Meghalaya: Lot 1984], both considered preferred officers of the ruling dispensation.
- The committee finally shortlisted three officers – VSK Kaumudi [Andhra Pradesh: 86 lots], Kumar Rajesh Chandra [Bihar: 85 lots] and Subodh Kumar Jaiswal [Maharashtra: 85 lots] – among whom one will be appointed as the new head of CBI.
- In his dissenting note, Chowdhury cited the Supreme Court ruling in Anjali Bharadwaj v. Union of India regarding the appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and advocated for absolute transparency in the selection process for the head of the CBI.
“The DoPT has no legal backing to choose and transmit only certain names to the selection committee. Furthermore, it appears that the DoPT, which is directly under the control of the central government, is deliberately trying to sabotage the objective of this high-level selection committee. The previous conduct of the DoPT is very reprehensible, ”Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
As new IT rules go into effect on May 26, Facebook says it ‘aims to comply’
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-05-2021; Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday that it aims to comply with the provisions of India’s new IT rules for intermediaries, which will take effect on Wednesday.
- The US-based company added that it continued to discuss issues related to the new guidelines with the government.
- In response to a question about its willingness to comply with the new directive, a Facebook spokesperson said: “Our goal is to comply with the provisions of the TI rules and continue to discuss some of the most important issues that require commitment with the government.”
- The three-month deadline for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to comply with new and stricter rules for intermediaries ends Tuesday, although at least five industry bodies, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (IIC ) and the United States-India.
- Business Council (USIBC), have written to the government requesting a compliance window of up to one year, particularly in light of the pandemic.
- On February 25, the Center notified the “Information Technology Regulations (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Code of Ethics for Digital Media), 2021 ”.
- It oblige platforms such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram to help identify the ” , while requiring that social networks remove these messages within a specified period of time, establish complaint mechanisms and help government agencies investigate.
- The “major social media intermediaries” had three months to comply.
Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi disappears: Antigua media
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-05-2021[ Fugitive diamond dealer Mehul Choksi is believed to have disappeared in Antigua and Barbuda after police launched a manhunt since Sunday, local media reported.
- “Antiguanewsroom”, a local media outlet, quoted Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney on Tuesday as saying that police “are tracking the whereabouts of Indian businessman Mehul Choksi,” who “according to rumors” is reported missing.
- Media reports that Choksi, who had obtained citizenship of the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, was seen driving in the southern part of the island on Sunday.
- His vehicle was later found, but there was no sign of Choksi, according to reports.
- Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted for allegedly diverting ₹ 13,500 crore of public money from the Punjab National Bank (GNP), using letters of commitment.
- While Modi is in a London prison after repeated bail denial and contesting his extradition to India, Choksi was granted Antigua and Barbuda citizenship in 2017 using the Citizenship by Investment program, before fleeing India. in the first week of January 2018. to turn on later. The two face a CBI probe.
- Since Choksi already has an Interpol Red Notice pending against him, he can be detained in one of the Interpol member countries and deported to India.
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 2,71,09,865 at the time of this bulletin’s publication, with a death toll of 3,10,153.
- Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and his US counterpart Antony Blinken will discuss Covid-19 relief, multilateralism and the Quad during the minister’s visit to Washington this week, according to the State Department of USA. Jaishankar will visit New York and Washington DC from May 24-27.