Decision to Increase Covishield Dose Gap Based on Scientific Evidence – NTAGI Chief
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-06-2021; The increase in the gap between two doses of Covishield is based on scientific evidence, said the chairman of the COVID-19 working group of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI) N.K. Arora.
- In a statement released by the Union Health Department in his DD News interview, Dr. Arora explained that the decision to increase the gap between two doses of Covishield from 4 to 6 weeks to 12 to 16 weeks lies in the reason basic science on the behavior of adenovectorial vaccines.
- During the last week of April 2021, data published by Public Health England, the executive agency of the UK Department of Health, showed that the effectiveness of the vaccine ranged from 65% to 88% when the interval is 12 weeks. It is on this basis that they overcame their epidemic due to the Alpha variant, he noted.
- This issue was discussed and without dissenting notes the recommendation was that the vaccination interval should be 12 to 16 weeks. The previous four-week decision was based on transition test data available at the time.
- Dr. Arora highlighted how the NTAGI was considering emerging evidence and reports on the efficacy of partial versus full vaccination.
- Two to three days after we made the decision to increase the dosing interval, it was reported in the UK that a single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine provided only 33% protection and only two doses offered approximately 60% protection.
- Talks have been going on since mid-May about whether India should come back in four to eight weeks, he observed. It was decided to establish a monitoring platform to evaluate the impact of the vaccination program.
- When the NTAGI made this decision, we also decided that India would establish a vaccine monitoring platform, to assess not only the impact of the vaccination program, but also the type of vaccine and the interval between doses and what happens when a person is total. or partially immune.
- This is very important in India, because around 17 to 18 million people received a single dose, while around 4 million people received two doses, he said.
Delhi Police Move SC vs. HC to 3 Student Activists in Northeast Delhi Riot Case
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-06-2021; Delhi police appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday against the granting of bail to student activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha, who were convicted under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the riots in Delhi which broke out last year after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests turned into violence.
- The overnight decision to go to the High Court came after the Delhi High Court made particularly strong remarks on its order, accusing the government of blurring the line between legitimate dissent and terrorism.
- Police arrested JNU students and members of Pinjra Tod, Narwal and Kalita last year. Tanha, a student of Jamia Milia, was also arrested around the same time in May 2020.
- The lower court refused them bail, after which they were successfully transferred to the High Court. Narwal was recently released on parole to perform the last rites of his father, who died of Covid-19.
“It seems that in its concern to suppress dissent and in its morbid fear that things will get out of hand, the state has blurred the line between the constitutionally guaranteed ‘right to protest’ and ‘terrorist activity’,”Judge a Superior Court of Bank Siddharth Mridul and Anup J. Bhambhani have declared in a scathing order, freeing the three students on bail.
- Meanwhile, earlier today, the prison department said it did not receive release orders for Kalita, Narwal and Tanha until 10 a.m. Wednesday, after being released on bail Tuesday.
Police book Twitter, journalists for showing video, allege they tried to cause community unrest
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-06-2021; Uttar Pradesh Police booked the microblogging platform Twitter, an information portal and six people as part of the release of a video in which an elderly Muslim recounted his ordeal after being allegedly assaulted by people in Ghaziabad, PTI reported.
- The FIR, which was housed at the Loni Border Police Station in Ghaziabad at around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday based on a complaint filed by a local policeman, alleges the video was shared with the intention of causing inter-communal unrest.
- In the video clip, which appeared on social media on June 14, Muslim elder Abdul Shamad Saifi alleges that young men beat him and asked him to sing “Jai Shri Ram”.
- However, police in Ghaziabad, who arrested six people, including Muslims, dismissed a community angle. They said the defendants were not satisfied with the “tabeez” (amulet) he sold them.
- The young people arrested were identified as Kalloo and Adil. In addition to them, Polly, Arif, Mushahid and Parvesh Gurjar were also involved in the incident, Police Commissioner Amit Pathak said on Tuesday.
- Later Tuesday, police filed an FIR against Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India, news site The Wire, journalists Mohammad Zubair and Rana Ayyub, congressional politicians Salman Nizami, Masqoor Usmani, Dr Sama Mohammad and the writer Saba Naqvi for sharing the clip. .
- The FIR was filed under Articles 153 of the Indian Penal Code (Intentional provocation with intent to cause unrest), 153A (Promoting enmity between groups on the grounds of religion, class, etc.), 295A ( Deliberate and malicious, intentional acts outrage religious feelings of any kind by insulting their religion or religious beliefs), 120B (criminal association), among others.
Twitter did not respect IT rules, deliberately chose the path of non-compliance: Prasad
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-06-2021; On June 16, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Twitter had failed to abide by the intermediary guidelines and had “deliberately” chosen the path of default despite multiple opportunities.
- Taking the microblogging platform out of compliance, Prasad said it was “astonishing” that Twitter, which promotes itself as the standard-bearer for free speech, is going the way of deliberate defiance of intermediate directives.
- There are many questions about whether Twitter is entitled to a safe harbor provision. However, the simple fact is that Twitter has not met the intermediate guidelines that went into effect on May 26, Prasad said in a series of posts on the Koo microblogging platform.
- Ironically, the minister also tweeted about the matter. What is more, what is confusing is that Twitter does not respond to user complaints by refusing to implement a process as required by the law of the country.
- Also, choose a policy of reporting on manipulated media, only when it suits your likes and dislikes, he said.
- The minister said that what happened in Uttar Pradesh illustrates the “arbitrariness” of Twitter in the fight against fake news.
- While Twitter has been overly enthusiastic about its fact-checking mechanism, its inability to act in many cases like U.P. it is confusing and underscores their inconsistency in the fight against disinformation, he said.
- Prasad said Indian companies, whether pharmaceutical or IT or others operating in the United States or other countries abroad, voluntarily comply with local laws.
- So why platforms like Twitter are reluctant to follow Indian laws designed to give a voice to victims of abuse and abuse? The minister asked.
Putin and Biden end first round of talks after nearly two hours
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-06-2021; The first round of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden ended after nearly two hours, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the TASS news agency.
- Biden and Putin met for the first time accompanied by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and two translators.
- Two additional sessions have been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. with leaders who will be joined by additional assistants and translators.
- On the US side, the most important meetings are expected to include Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, and experts from the Council, Officer National Security Officer Eric Green and Stergos Kaloudis.
- The Russian delegation will include Lavrov, Putin’s foreign adviser Yuri Ushakov, Deputy Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Army Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov, as well as Kremlin envoys in Ukraine and the spokesman for Syria and Putin, Dmitry Peskov.
- Generally, the summit is expected to last four to five hours before each leader holds a press conference.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,96,89,972 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 3,81,715.