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Covid-19 India Update: Phase II Trials Showing Good Results, Says Bharat Biotech On Nasal Vaccine

Days after India achieved the landmark milestone of administering 100 crore vaccine doses, the centre has advised states and UTs to draw district wise plan and generate district wise list of beneficiaries to ramp up pace of Covid-19 vaccination as well as the coverage of second dose of the jabs.

India reported 15,906 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 2.5% lower than yesterday. 16,479 patients recovered during the last 24 hours. With this the recovery rate has increased to 98.17%. The daily positivity rate reaches at 1.19%, less than 2% for the last 20 days.

India’s Active Caseload currently stands at 1, 72,594, the lowest in 235 days. Active cases now constitute less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.51%.

Chairman and MD of Hyderabad-based firm Bharat Biotech, Dr. Krishna Ella has said that the phase 2 trials for the nasal vaccine have been completed and that it has shown good results. The vaccine has received regulatory approval for second Phase trials in August. The adenoviral intranasal vaccine BBV154 is the first of its kind Covid-19 vaccine to undergo human trials in India.

Scientists of the INCACOG, a network responsible for monitoring the genome variations in SARS CoV2 have said that a new variant AY.4.2, apparently dangerous than the Delta variant that is suspected to be the cause for exponential rise in cases in Europe and UK, is present in India but in very low numbers.

Relatively, the three most affected states recording maximum Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours are Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Kerala reported 8,909 new Covid-19 cases, 8,780 recoveries and 65 deaths in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra reported 1,701 new Covid-19 cases, 33 deaths and 1,781 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu reported 1,140 new Covid-19 cases, 17 deaths and 1,374 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

On the other hand, West Bengal is witnessing an increase in new cases following the festive season. The Covid-19 situation in West Bengal deteriorated as 974 more people tested positive for the infection on Saturday. Fresh cases surged for the fourth consecutive day after the state recently celebrated the mega event of Durga Puja.

In a bid to ramp up the vaccination process, India has surpassed the cumulative figure of 102 Crore vaccine doses.

Days after India achieved the landmark milestone of administering 100 crore vaccine doses, the centre has advised states and UTs to draw district wise plan and generate district wise list of beneficiaries to ramp up pace of Covid-19 vaccination as well as the coverage of second dose of the jabs.

Besides, the health ministry has also issued fresh advisory cautioning the states against lowering of guards during the festive season.

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