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Trump mulls fast-tracking UK Covid-19 vaccine before polls

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New York, Aug 24 : The Donald Trump administration is considering speeding up the availability of the experimental Convid-19 vaccine from the UK ahead of the presidential polls in November, the Financial Times reported.

The vaccine candidate the Trump administration is targeting for fast tracking is being developed by Oxford university in partnership with AstraZeneca.

One route that is being explored is the possibility of an “emergency use authorisation” of the vaccine by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on positive results from a relatively small UK study, said the report on Sunday which cited people familiar with the plan.

The study involves 10,000 volunteers, whereas the scientific agencies in the US government advocate a vaccine to be tested in 30,000 people to clear the authorisation threshold, said the Financial Times report.

The development comes at a time when Trump is facing criticism for his handling of the pandemic which has led to the deaths of over 170,000 Americans so far.

In a tweet, the US President criticised the FDA for its approach to giving drug makers the approvals for testing vaccines and medicines.

“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics,” Trump said in a tweet that tagged FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

“Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”

Clinical development of the vaccine AZD1222 is progressing globally with late-stage Phase II/III trials, AstraZeneca said in a statement on August 14, adding that results from the late-stage trials are anticipated later this year, depending on the rate of infection within the clinical trial communities.

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With Fadnavis, Covid drives 4 prominent BJP leaders out of Bihar campaign

On Saturday, Devendra Fadnavis, in-charge of the election, also tested positive, providing a setback to the BJP.

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Patna: The Covid-19 virus is making its presence conspicuous in the Bihar assembly elections.

BJP’s election in-charge and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also tested corona positive on Saturday.

With this a quartet of prominent BJP leaders have been compelled to keep away from campaigning in Bihar because of testing positive for Coronavirus.

Talking about corona-infected leaders, former state deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, star campaigner and former union minister Shahnawaz Hussain and MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy have also tested positive.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and Shahnawaz Hussain are undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

On Saturday, Devendra Fadnavis, in-charge of the election, also tested positive, providing a setback to the BJP.

All these leaders have had to keep away from electioneering and go into isolation.

On Saturday, Fadnavis appealed to those who came in contact with him to exercise the necessary vigilance.

BJP sources said, the BJP may end up facing some degree of difficulty in election management, but the national party has a number of other prominent political leaders.

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Everybody in India must get Covid vaccine free, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi: According to the Delhi government, every Indian must get the Coronavirus vaccine free of cost, whenever it is ready.

The BJP has included the promise of providing the Covid-19 vaccine free of cost in its manifesto issued for the Bihar assembly elections, stirring up a political controversy.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday, “The entire country must get a free vaccine. It is the right of every citizen in the country,” Kejriwal said on the sidelines of an event in which he inaugurated two flyovers.

Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party had said that those who do not vote for the BJP must also get free vaccine.

More than 3.48 lakh corona infections have been reported in Delhi so far. Over 6,000 persons have died of Corona in Delhi. There are more than 26,000 active cases in the national Capital.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in Bihar’s election manifesto that every person in Bihar would be given free Covid-19 vaccine once it is ready.

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Harsh Vardhan expresses hope that Covid-19 vaccine will be made available in country by January next year

Dr Harsh Vardhan also appealed to the people to follow Covid appropriate behaviuor to check the spread of virus in view of the coming festive seasons.

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Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has expressed hope that Covid-19 vaccine will be made available in the country by January next year.

Speaking at a programme on DD News, Dr Vardhan said there are three vaccine candidates in India, out of which one is at the advanced stage of clinical trial of phase-3. Of the other two vaccine candidates, which are in clinical trial of phase-2, one has recently entered the third phase trial.

Dr Vardhan also said, if the preparations in this regard made so far progress well then 400 to 500 million doses of the Covid vaccine will be available in the country before June and July of next year.

Dr Harsh Vardhan also appealed to the people to follow Covid appropriate behaviuor to check the spread of virus in view of the coming festive seasons.

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