Coronavirus India lockdown Day 200 updates | India currently has 2-dose and 3-dose vaccines in trial, says Health Minister


India will soon roll out the FELUDA paper strip test for SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis, according to the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Minister said that the test showed 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity compared to ICMR’s current acceptation criteria of RT-PCR Kit of at least 95% sensitivity and at least 99% specificity.

The Minister added that India is looking at the availability of several different types of vaccines, of which some may be suitable for a particular age group while others may not be.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

Maharashtra

Cannot go easy on the virus now, says Uddhav

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the State government “cannot go easy on virus now” and is moving cautiously on restarting trains, and opening gyms and temples.

“Restarting locals will be a huge step. Most people want to travel by train and it’s a huge necessity. However, the crowds it creates is more worrying at this moment. We are empathetic to people’s concerns and will soon reach a decision on this,” he said in his address to the State on Sunday.

 

Vaccine Update

Vaccines currently in trial in India are 2-dose and 3-dose vaccines: Health Minister

Speaking about COVID-19 vaccine in his weekly social media interaction Sunday Samvaad, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said it is anticipated that supplies would initially be available in limited quantities.

The Minister added that India is looking at the availability of several different types of vaccines, of which some may be suitable for a particular age group while others may not be.

He informed that the COVID-19 vaccines currently in trial in India are 2-dose and 3-dose vaccines. Vaccine by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech require 2 doses while the Cadila Healthcare vaccine requires 3 doses. For other vaccines in pre-clinical stages, the dosing is being tested, he stated.

On the need to include other novel candidates as COVID vaccine, Dr. Vardhan said, “Considering the large population size of India, one vaccine or vaccine manufacturer will not be able to fulfil the requirements of vaccinating the whole country. Therefore, we are open to assessing the feasibility of introducing several COVID-19 vaccines in the country as per their availability for the Indian population.”

West Bengal

Uncertainty over resumption of classes in West Bengal

Despite the Union Ministry of Education allowing gradual reopening of educational institutions across the country, State-run schools in West Bengal are unsure about the resumption of physical classes and are waiting for the State government’s decision.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said her administration will think about reopening educational institutions after Kali Puja on November 15 “depending on the COVID-19 situation at that time“.

Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had said schools cannot be reopened till the pandemic situation improves and the safety of children is the priority of the State government. – PTI

Judiciary

Supreme Court to work with full strength from October 12

The Supreme Court will work with its pre-pandemic strength from October 12 as its 12 Benches with about 30 judges would assemble through videoconferencing daily. Five Benches of two to three judges in different combinations had been sitting on working days to hear around 20 cases daily since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March.

According to the apex court’s website, 10 Benches of two to three judges and two single judge Benches will sit daily from October 12 to hear cases.

 



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