Covaxine to launch on August-15

  1. ICMR announced on Friday that Covaxine will be ready for a launch by Aug 15. However experts call it pointless and dangerous.
  2. The scientists say that though the vaccine named Covaxine has potential, it will take time to launch more than 3 months.
  3. The experts also have said that the vaccine may not come by Aug 15 but the early data that the vaccine will be successful or not, will come by that time.

Covaxine so far…

  1. The vaccine has been developed by Bharat Biotech India Ltd (BBIL).
  2. The Hyderabad basd firm got approval from DCGI on June 29 for phase-1 and phase-2 trials.
  3. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project.
  4. It is said in the letter that the vaccine, Covaxine will be launched on 15th August, 2020, however the letter wasn’t officially released by the ICMR.

Useful but will take time

  1. A scientist related with the Covaxine development said that the vaccine has potential and will prove crucial for sure but don’t expect it too early.
  2. To promise the delivery month of such vaccines is like being overtly optimistic.
  3. By August 15, we should be able to get a sense of the safety, immunogenicity and possible efficacy, said an expert.

Phase-1 and Phase-2

  1. The primary aim of the phase-1 trial was to check if there were side-effects or any adverse reactions.
  2. In phase-2, it would be to check if on administering the vaccine a measurable quantity of protective antibodies are produced by the immune system.
  3. For Phase-2 trial 1,125 volunteers will be recruited pan-India. Different stages(7 days, 28 days, 104 days and 196 days) will follow up in Phase-2 testing.
  4. Krishna Ella, president, Bharat Biotech, has himself reportedly said a vaccine would be available in market only by next year.

PM Oli’s fate gets some time break

  1. The ruling Communist party meet has been delayed. The meet was to decide PM K.P. Sharma Oli’s fate.
  2. The meeting has been postponed until Monday, said an official from Nepal.
  3. The leaders of Nepal Communist Party are demanding resignation of Prime Minister K. P. Sharma over his recent anti-India remarks.

Top leaders unhappy

  1. The meeting has been delayed to forge an understanding on the outstanding issues, said Surya Thapa, Prime Minister’s press advisor.
  2. The crucial meeting of the NCP’s 45-member Standing Committee, the most powerful body of the party, was scheduled to be held on Saturday.
  3. The NCP leaders want resignation of Prime Minister Oli, they say his remarks were neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate.

Mr. Oli’s remark

  1. The executive chairman of NCP Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachand” said that the Prime Minister’s remarks that India was conspiring to remove him were neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate.
  2. Prime Minister Oli, 68, on Sunday claimed that there have been various kinds of activities in the “embassies and hotels” to remove him from power.
  3. He said some Nepalese leaders were also involved in the game.

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