Russia has shared comprehensive data pertaining to its COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V with India. Russia has shared details of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.
India had earlier sought the information from Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, quoting senior officials.
“We are now deeply engaged with Russia on the vaccine front,” a source told the newspaper. India also has the option of conducting a separate Phase 3 clinical trial in the country after getting the necessary approvals, the report said.
Results of a study published in The Lancet medical journal revealed that Sputnik V produces an antibody response in all participants in early-stage trials. The two trials were conducted in June-July, according to Reuters, and involved 76 participants. According to the report, it showed that 100 per cent of the participants developed anti-bodies, with no serious side-effects.
“Russia’s potential COVID-19 vaccine produced an antibody response, no serious adverse effects in early-stage trials,” the study said.
India is one of the 20 countries that have expressed interest to be part of Sputnik V’s Phase-3 clinical trials. Earlier, the Russian government had reached out to India seeking collaboration for manufacturing ‘Sputnik V’ and conducting its phase III clinical trial.
On August 11, Russia registered what it claims is the first coronavirus vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine has been jointly developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute and Russia’s Defence Ministry and will be the first vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus to get registered. It said that mass production of the vaccine will begin in September.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 4, during his visit to Moscow for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet, said that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Russia will be effective.
Expressing confidence in the efficacy of Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ COVID-19 vaccine, the Defence Minister touted the long-running partnership between the two nations.
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.