The second dose of Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), will start from Saturday (December 26) at People’s College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (PCMS). Over 1,700 volunteers were given the first dose in the first phase.
“In the first phase of the trial, everything was smooth going and we hope in the second phase it will also be smooth going. It will start from December 26,” PCMS Dr Gomastha Raghvendra said.
Bharat Biotech has been given permission for conducting phase-3 human clinical trials of Covaxin from Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). As per the medical experts, pregnant women and people below 18 years of age were not allowed for the trial. It is the phase-three randomised double-blind placebo-controlled multi-centre trial.
“Second phase trial for Covaxin will start from Saturday. Over 1700 volunteers have been given dose in the first phase and all will be given the second dose,” PCMS and Research Centre dean Dr Anil Kumar Dixit said.
After getting the green signal, the process of trial of volunteers started for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. The volunteers were counselled first, followed by medical tests. And after all reported normal, they were given the first dose of the vaccine.
After that, they were monitored for 28 days and then they are being subjected to the second dose. In the next step, they will be observed for six months after giving both the doses.
The central government on Friday said that it has planned a dry run for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab next week as a step to prep up before the actual thing takes off.
According to the Health Ministry, each state will plan the dry run in two districts and preferably in different session type settings, for example, district hospital, urban site, private health facility, rural outreach etc.
“This exercise will enable end-to-end mobilisation and testing of COVID-19 vaccination process and check the usage of Co-WIN in the field environment,” the ministry said in a statement.
Instagram Down: Giving 5xx Server Error
Update 19 Mar 2021 23:38 IST: Instagram and other apps are now working fine.
Instagram is currently facing downtime and users from all around the world are reporting Instagram Server Down on Twitter. Some users are also facing downtime on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
The Instagram app is showing “couldn’t refresh feed”. and the Instagram website is giving 5xx Server Error.
Earthquake in Nalanda, Patna – Bihar with 3.5 Magnitude
An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 was reported near Nalanda in Bihar on Monday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 20 km northwest (NW) of Nalanda, Bihar, India, the agency said. The earthquake struck at 9:23 PM IST at a depth of 5 km from the surface. Tremors were also felt in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, Patna.
Uttarakhand Power Plant Damaged After The Glacier Burst
Uttarakhand: A glacial burst in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas, and damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.
Disaster response and management teams have been deployed to conduct search-and-rescue and relief operations. Around 100 to 150 people may have been killed, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash told news agency ANI. Authorities fear hundreds more may still be stuck. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Assam to campaign for Assembly polls, tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety.”
Disaster management teams have been mobilized and hundreds of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) have been rushed for rescue operations.
SN Pradhan, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said that teams from the relief force have been moved for search-and-rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand where a glacial burst has triggered an avalanche. “The glacial burst has taken out a bridge constructed by the Border Road Organisation. Also in the higher reaches, the Rishiganga hydel project also has been damaged,” he said.