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Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Over 7 crore Covid vaccine lying with states

The UK’s drug regulator said Monday it has approved an updated Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus that targets the Omicron variant as well as the original form. India on Monday reported 14,917 new Covid cases and 32 deaths. Stay with TOI for latest updates

Pune-based Serum Institute of India is working on an Omicron-specific vaccine for Covid-19 with its US partner, Novavax. The vaccine is expected to be rolled out within six months.The vaccine will be specific to the BA5 sub-variant of the Omicron strain, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla told a TV channel, adding that he thought “this vaccine is important as a booster”.

Intranasal vax trial a success, submitted data: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) said on Monday it has submitted phase III clinical trial data for its intranasal Covid-19 vaccine BBV154 to the Indian regulatory authorities. The submission was made after the vaccine proved to be safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic in subjects in controlled trials as a primary as well as heterologous booster, the company added. “Immunogenicity was evaluated through serum neutralising antibodies by PRNT assays and serum IgG’s through ELISAs,” Bharat Biotech said in a statement. “To assess vaccine response through the intranasal route, secretory IgAs were evaluated by ELISA in serum and saliva. Evaluation was also carried out for the ability of BBV154 to elicit long-term memory T and B cell responses against the ancestral and Omicron variants.”

Over 7 crore Covid vaccine lying with states

More than seven crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine are lying unused with states and Union territories, the government said on Monday. According to an update from health ministry on vaccine availability, the government has provided more than 199.01 crore doses to states/UTs free of cost directly (via the free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement system. “More than 7.06 crore balance and unutilised doses are still available with them,” it said.

Telangana on Monday recorded 265 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 8,29,467.

Hyderabad district saw the highest number of cases with 142.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday said he has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time this year.

Chhattisgarh on Monday reported 48 Covid-19 cases at a positivity rate of 2.77 per cent, taking the tally to 11,70,909, while the death toll increased by one to reach 14,091.

West Bengal’s Covid-19 tally rose to 21,02,757 on Monday as 270 more people tested positive for the infection, 209 fewer than the previous day.

The toll remained unchanged at 21,422 as no fresh fatality was recorded.

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