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Covaxin effective against Delta Plus variant of COVID-19: ICMR study

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Covaxin is among three vaccines currently being used in the country for the nationwide inoculation drive.

New Delhi: Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin is effective against Delta Plus variant of COVID-19, a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Covaxin, India’s first domestically-developed COVID-19 vaccine, is among three vaccines currently being used in the country for the nationwide inoculation drive. The other two vaccines are Serum Institute of India’s Covisheild and and Russia’s Sputnik.

Last month, Bharat Biotech said that Covaxin has shown efficacy of 77.8 per cent against symptomatic COVID-19 and 65.2 per cent protection against the new Delta variant. The vaccine manufacturer concluded the final analysis of Covaxin efficacy from Phase 3 trials.

The efficacy analysis demonstrates Covaxin to be 93.4 per cent effective against severe symptomatic COVID-19 cases while safety analysis shows adverse events reported were similar to placebo, with 12 per cent of subjects experiencing commonly known side effects and less than 0.5 per cent feeling serious adverse events.

The efficacy data demonstrates 63.6 per cent protection against asymptomatic COVID-19, a release from the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker said.

Last week, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar told Rajya Sabha that all documents required for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) have been submitted to WHO by Bharat Biotech for Covaxin as of July 9 and the review process by the agency has commenced.

In a written reply to a question that whether it has come to the notice of the government that Covaxin is not recognised by many countries, Pawar said the government is aware that Covaxin at present is not part of WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL).

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Delhi: Najafgarh section on Grey Line opens on Saturday

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The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh.

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The Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section on the Grey Line of the Delhi Metro will be inaugurated Saturday. Passenger services on the section will commence at 5 pm on the same day. The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh.

The section will be inaugurated via a video conference at 12.30 pm, by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, will also be present at the inauguration.

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Delhi Cabinet Rejects the list of police for the farmer’s protest violence.

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Delhi Cabinet, last Friday refused to approve Delhi Police’s list of special public prosecutors for appearing within the lawsuits associated with violence during the January 26 farmers’ protest.

It observed that the method won’t be fair and impartial if the lawyers of Delhi Police which is investigating the cases, were appointed. It had been decided that a panel of prosecutors appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party government will do the work.

In a separate decision, the Cabinet of New Delhi had also refused to offer its nod to a different panel of three lawyers recommended by Delhi Police for the northeast Delhi riot cases.

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SBI reduces its home loan interest rates to 6.7%

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State Bank of India (SBI), has launched a wreath of festive offers for home equity credit customers where offers are aimed to form home loans cheaper within the festive season. during an unparalleled initiative, SBI offers a credit score that is linked to home loans at just 6.70%, regardless of the loan amount.

Earlier a borrower availing of a loan greater than ?75 lakh, had to pay a rate of interest of 15%. With these new festive offers, a borrower can now avail of home equity credit for any amount at a low rate of 6.70%. The offer leads to a saving of 45 bps which translates to an enormous interest saving of quite Rs. 8 lakh, for a ?75 lakh loan with a 30-year tenure.

Earlier, the speed of interest applicable for a non-salaried borrower was 15 bps above the rate of interest applicable to a salaried borrower, in this festive offer SBI has removed its dissimilarity between a salaried and a non-salaried employee.

Now, there’s no occupation-linked interest premium being charged to prospective home equity credit borrowers. this is able to cause an extra interest saving of 15 bps to non-salaried borrowers.

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