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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Oct 28):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 4,46,01,770; Total Deaths: 11,76,678 Recovered: 3,26,16,456 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 3,47,289; Total Deaths: 11,038 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 54,45,475; Total deaths: 1,58,101 CANADA:- Total Cases: 2,24,653; Total Deaths: 10,023 CHINA:- Total Cases: 85,868; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 11,98,695; Total Deaths: 35,541 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 4,77,203; Total Deaths: 10,347 INDIA:- Total Cases: 80,34,702; Total Deaths: 1,20,524 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 4,00,483;Total Deaths: 13,612 IRAN:- Total Cases: 5,88,648; Total Deaths: 33,714 ITALY:- Total Cases: 5,89,766; Total Deaths: 37,905 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 98,116; Total Deaths: 1,730 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 9,01,268; Total Deaths: 89,814 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 3,19,991; Total Deaths: 7,202 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 3,75,180; Total Deaths: 7,114 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 15,63,976; Total Deaths: 26,935 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 26,146; Total Deaths: 461 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 11,94,681; Total Deaths: 35,466 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 1,17,913 Total Deaths: 5,933 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 1,35,658; Total Deaths: 2,158 UAE:- Total Cases: 1,29,024; Total Deaths: 485 UK:- Total Cases: 9,42,275; Total Deaths: 45,675; US:- Total Cases: 90,86,312; Total Deaths: 2,32,709 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
Vaccine trials in final stage, may be available by year-end: Vardhan

Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech, AstraZeneca vaccine (Oxford vaccine) and ZyCoV-D from Zydus Cadila could complete their clinical trials in a few months and may be available by year-end or early next year, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

About plateauing of the cases of coronavirus infection in the country, he said that the outbreak was likely to peak at different points in different cities and States, depending on the preventive measures being adopted, and it is difficult to predict.

NEW DELHI, Aug 21: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has indicated that some of the vaccines under human tirals currently may be available to the public by year-end or early next year.

Vardhan said the indigenous Covaxin developed by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech could be available by the end of 2020 as human trials of the vaccine had started two weeks ago, he told Hindustan Times in an interview.

The Oxford vaccine was already being produced and therefore the time needed to market it could be reduced. The Serum Institute of India had informed that it was ready to begin human trials in India this month and was hoping to have the AstraZeneca vaccine (Oxford vaccine) available by the year-end.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was collaborating with Bharat Biotech. As per the MoU priority would be accorded to provide vaccines to the Indian Government at an affordable rate.

"The Serum Institute and the ICMR are to undertake the trials of Oxford vaccine and two others – one produced by Novamox-Serum and another by Serum Institute by itself. Once the results of Phase I and II will be available, the detailed contours of plan to roll out will be finalised," he told the newspaper.

Worldwide, more than 200 vaccine candidates are being developed to prevent covid infection, which has no treatment. About 25 of them are in human trial stage.

The Health Minister said that it was difficult to predict when infections are projected to peak across India. On Thursday, India recorded over 28 lakh cases with a record single-day spike of 69,652 infections.

He said that the outbreak was likely to peak at different points in different cities and States, depending on the preventive measures being adopted. Therefore it is difficult to say when a drop in new cases would take place.

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