New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The domestically developed Covaxin is effective against the Delta plus variant of Covid-19, claims the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its study released on Monday.
Covaxin is developed by the Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and the National Institute of Pune.
The study states: "The sera of individuals who were fully immunized (with 2 doses) didn't show significant fold-reduction in the NAb titer against Delta, Delta AY.1 and B.1.617.3."
Delta Plus is a mutated form of the Delta variant and was first discovered in India. It is characterised by increased transmissibility and spike protein mutations.
The study points that Delta variant with its characteristic spike protein mutations has mutated further into four sub-lineages with additional mutations which are associated with higher transmission and probable immune escape.
Last week, Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh informed parliament last week that 70 cases of the Delta Plus variant were found by INSACOG, a group of 28 laboratories involved in genome sequencing.
Covaxin along with the other two vaccines -- Covishield and Russia's Sputnik -- has formed the trio for India's massive vaccination drive against the virus.
The research further states, "A significant increase in the NAb titer against B.1 variant in recovered cases with vaccination and breakthrough cases was observed compared to the Covid-19 native vaccines. Similarly, a significant increase in NAb titer was also observed among these two groups against Delta, Delta AY.1 and B.1.617.3 variants."
"This demonstrates the possible role of memory cells in immune-boosting with post-infection or infection after immunization. The comparative analysis of all the groups revealed that the B.1.617.3 variant seems to be less susceptible to neutralization followed by Delta AY.1 and Delta variants."
The study on efficacy analysis further establishes Covaxin to be 93.4 percent effective against severe symptomatic Covid-19 cases and 63.6 per cent protection against asymptomatic Covid-19.
India on Monday reported 41,134 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 424 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.
India is registering less than 50,000 daily new cases for 36 continuous days. However, the country has registered marginal decline in fresh Covid cases than Sunday.
On Sunday, India had recorded 41,831 fresh cases of Covid-19. With 424 more Covid fatalities, India's cumulative death toll now stands at 4,24,773.
India's active caseload has crossed the four lakh mark and stands at 4,13,718. India's recovery rate currently stands at 97.35 per cent, however, the active cases constitute 1.31 per cent of the total cases. The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent and is currently at 2.30 per cent. The daily positivity rate continues to remain below 5 per cent for 55 continuous days and currently stands at 2.81 per cent.
The government has advised the states to restrict the gatherings in the districts reporting over 10 per cent positivity rate.
According to the government data, a total of 36,946 patients were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,08,57,467 to date as the virus continues to infect less than one lakh people for the last 54 days.
The Health Ministry data said that a total of 17,06,598 Covid vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hrs taking total jab count to 47,22,23,639 so far.
In a tweet, Health Ministry on Sunday said that India had achieved landmark in vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic and has successfully jabbed over 47 crore people across the country.
The total number of samples tested so far has reached 46.96 crores as on Aug 2.
India recorded 44,230 fresh Covid-19 cases with 555 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed on Friday.
On Tuesday, India had registered 29,689 new Covid cases, less than the 30,000-mark in 132 days, and 415 deaths.
The total number of deaths has reached 4,23,217 as per the government data and active cases number 4,05,155.
According to the government, 42,360 people were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,07,43,972 till date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 52 days.
According to the health ministry data, a total of 45,60,33,754 Covid vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, including 51,83,180 in the last 24 hours.
The total number of samples tested so far has reached 46,46,50,723 as on July 29, including 18,16,277 samples tested on Thursday.
India on Sunday recorded 39,742 cases of Covid-19 and 535 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.
The country now has 4,08,212 active cases and has witnessed a total of 4,20,551 deaths so far.
According to the government, a total of 39,972 people were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,05,43,138 till date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 47 days.
According to the health ministry data, a total of 43,31,50,864 Covid vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, including 51,18,210 in the last 24 hours.
The total number of samples tested so far has reached 45,62,89,567 as on July 24, including 17,18,756 samples tested on Saturday.
India on Friday recorded 35,342 cases of Covid and 483 deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.
The country now has 4,05,513 active cases and has witnessed a total of 4,19,470 deaths so far.
According to the government, a total of 38,740 people were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total cured to 3,04,68,079 till date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 44 days.
According to the health ministry data, a total of 42,34,17,030 Covid vaccine doses have been administered in India, including 54,76,423 in the last 24 hours.
The total number of samples tested so far has reached 45,29,39,545 as on July 22, including 16,68,561 samples tested on Thursday.
India on Monday recorded 38,164 new Covid-19cases and 499 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
On April 5, India reported 446 deaths.
According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 38,660 people were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 3,03,08,456 till date from hospitals and health centres as the virus infected less than one lakh people in the last 41 days.
The country has 4,21,665 active cases presently and has witnessed a total of 4,14,108 deaths so far.
The total number of samples tested so far has reached 44,54,22,256 including 14,63,593 samples tested on Sunday.
According to the health ministry, a total of 40,64,81,493 Covid vaccine doses were administered in India, including 13,63,123 in the last 24 hours.
India reported 41,157 new cases of Covid-19 and 518 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.
It is a marginal increase as on Saturday India had registered 38,079 new Covid-19 cases.
According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, the active cases in the country now stand at 4,22,660. The recovery rate stood at 97.31 per cent.
The total number of samples tested so far have reached 44,39,58,663 including 19,36,709 samples tested on Saturday.
According to the health ministry, a total of 40,49,31,715 Covid vaccine doses were administered in India, including 51,01,567 in the last 24 hours.
Amid widespread public negligence regarding Covid-appropriate behaviour, the head of India's Covid -19 pandemic task force Dr V.K. Paul has warned that the possibility of a third wave is very real as India's population is yet to get herd immunity.
On Friday, the health ministry stated that the next 100-125 days in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will be critical.
India reported 38,079 new coronavirus cases, lower than Friday and 560 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, the active cases in the country now stand at 4,24,025. The recovery rate has climbed to 97.31 per cent.
The total number of samples tested up to July 16 is 44,20,21,954 including 19,98,715 samples tested on Friday.
The Union Health Ministry on Friday said that the next 100-125 days will be critical in the fight against Covid-19.
"Fall in cases has slowed down. It's a warning signal. Next 100 to 125 days are critical for the fight against Covid in India," NITI Aayog member on health Dr V.K. Paul who is also a member of the centre's task force on fighting Covid has said on Friday.
Several states have been cautiously easing restrictions after the second wave appeared to have waned. The country is, however, preparing for the possibility of a third wave, the health ministry has stated during a Covid briefing on Friday.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said that 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world to end the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Pledges of doses and funds are welcome -- but they are not enough. We need at least 11 billion doses to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world and end this pandemic," the UN chief told the opening of the ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is the top platform for reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Xinhua reported.
"Everyone, everywhere, must have access to Covid-19 vaccines, tests, treatments and support," said the top UN official.
"The development and roll-out of vaccines, including through the global equity mechanism, the ACT-Accelerator and its COVAX facility, is offering hope," said the secretary-general.
Noting that there is "uneven access" to these tools, especially vaccines, around the world and within countries, the UN chief said that "a global vaccination gap threatens us all" because as the virus mutates, it could become even more transmissible, or even more deadly.
"The world needs a Global Vaccination Plan to at least double the production of vaccines, ensure equitable distribution through COVAX, coordinate implementation and financing, and support national immunization programs," said Guterres.
"To realize this plan, I have been calling for an Emergency Task Force that brings together the countries that produce and can produce vaccines, the World Health Organization, the ACT-Accelerator partners and international financial institutions, able to deal with the relevant pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers, and other key stakeholders," the secretary-general spelled out.
"Right now, it is essential to fully finance the ACT-Accelerator and support the $50 billion investment roadmap, to be led by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization, to end the pandemic and secure a global recovery," said the secretary-general.
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Noting that the world has been witnessing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul on Tuesday appealed to Indians to join hands to avoid its spread in India, warning that a "majority of cases will be reported if the next wave comes".
Citing data that mentions 3,90,000 Covid cases in the third wave across the world so far, Paul said it can only be prevented if people follow appropriate protocols in a coordinated way.
To avoid the third wave in India, Paul, while addressing a press briefing here, also asked the countrymen to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice given during his meeting with Chief Ministers of northeastern states where the majority of tourists are being seen violating Covid-19 norms.
"The world is witnessing a third wave (of Covid-19). We have to join hands to ensure that the third wave doesn't hit India. The Prime Minister today clearly said that we should focus on keeping the third wave at bay, instead of discussing when it would come in India," Paul said.
He said the Prime Minister clearly mentioned that third wave or next wave will not come itself, it depends on us as to how we prevent it in spreading again in the country.
Carefulness, not lowering the guard and Covid-appropriate behaviour was emphasised by the Prime Minister when he held a meeting with Chief Ministers of northeastern states earlier in the day, said Paul, suggesting that Indians follow these key points to avoid the third wave of the deadly virus.
Paul also emphasised six-feet distance, wearing masks and vaccination as three major Covid protocols to avoid the spread of the next wave.
He further advised the states and other authorities across the country for marking containment zones and tracking of Covid-19 cases to contain the spread of the pandemic as prescribed by the Prime Minister.
He also said that vaccine production is rising gradually in the country, adding it is a planned affair and with this increment, vaccines are being made available.
Geneva, July 13 (IANS) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Monday warned of the "devastating outbreaks" caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19, saying that the new strain of the virus was infecting people "at a scorching pace".
"Last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of Covid-19 globally," Tedros said at a virtual press conference from Geneva, adding that "after ten weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again."
The virus variant first identified in India in October 2020 is continuing the spread around the world and has now been detected in 104 countries, he said, Xinhua reported.
"The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths."
Leaders around the world have responded to the new rise in infections in markedly different ways, with countries such as France adopting new restrictions while others easing them. The United Kingdom (UK), for one, still intends to lift all restrictions on July 19.
At Monday's press conference, the WHO chief warned of the danger of easing measures while many countries in the world still lack vaccines for their population.
"The current collective strategy reminds me of a firefighting team taking on a forest blaze," he said. "Hosing down part of it might reduce the flames in one area, but while it's smoldering anywhere, sparks will eventually travel and grow again into a rolling furnace."
Tedros reiterated his call on governments to share vaccines, adding that "the world should battle together to put out this pandemic inferno everywhere."