Expect AstraZeneca vaccine will be approved within days: UK NHS chief

After rolling out the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for coronavirus, Britain is hoping the approval for the Oxford-AstraZeneca’s shot will be given within a matter of days, David Prior, Chair of UK’s National Health Service said on Saturday. “Next three months are going to be extremely difficult. Our hopes are pinned on the …

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No pressure on regulator to approve a vaccine, says NITI Aayog’s V K Paul

There is no pressure on the drug regulator to take the decision on the Covid-19 vaccine approval one way or another and the final call on granting emergency use authorisation will be made on sound scientific principles within a few days, Niti Aayog member V K Paul said on Saturday. Paul …

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‘2020s belong to India’: Tata Chairman Chandrasekaran at FICCI meeting

Tata Group Chairman N. Chandrasekaran said that impact of Covid on innovation has been ‘all-pervasive’ and the models of working from home are making all companies rethink the future of work. Addressing a session on “Inspired India: A Business Leader’s Perspective”, during Ficci’s 93rd Annual General Meeting, Chandrasekaran said: “My roots …

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Recruited 8,000 volunteers already for phase 3 trials: Bharat Biotech head

Hyderabad based vaccine major Bharat Biotech, which has applied for an accelerated approval from the drug regulator based on phase 1 and 2 clinical trial data last week, said that they have already recruited 8,000 volunteers for a 22,000 subjects phase 3 clinical trial. Speaking at a FICCI event, Krishna Ella, …

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Workers go on rampage at iPhone manufacturing plant in Karnataka

The workers of Taiwan headquartered Wistron Corporation, which manufactures iPhone near here went on a rampage on Saturday in the facility over issues related to ‘salary’, police said. Quoting preliminary inputs, police said employees at the facility in the Narasapura Industrial Area of Kolar district, about 51 kilometers from here, rampaged …

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Borders, Bavaria and bust-ups: How Germany lost its way on Covid-19

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s voice briefly cracked as she appealed to Germans this week to rein in Christmas celebrations to protect grandma and grandpa from the coronavirus. The trained physicist’s unusually emotional outburst during a debate in parliament was brought on by her failure to slow the spread of the disease. After …

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PM Modi backs farm laws at FICCI event, says it will open up new markets

PM Narendra Modi on Saturday reaffirmed his commitment to the agriculture reforms and said “we are bridging the gaps in the sector that will provide new markets and opportunities to farmers and attract investments.” He said that the farm reforms will benefits farmers the most. The statement comes amid a standoff …

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India gearing up poll machinery to give 600 mn Covid vaccine jabs: Report

India will deploy its vast election machinery to deliver 600 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable people in the next six to eight months through conventional cold chain systems, the expert leading the initiative said on Friday. The government has lined up cold storage facilities with temperatures between …

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