Nagpur became one of the 12 cities in the country who would be performing human clinical trial of countrys 1st vaccine against COVID-19. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday said that they aim to launch country’s first indigenous Coronavirus vaccine ‘Covaxin,’ which is being developed in partnership with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. The vaccine would be made available for public by August 15. A dozen institutes have been selected for the clinical trials of Covaxin?, government’s medical body team announced.
The vaccine is derived from a strain of SARS-CoV-2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are jointly working for the pre-clinical as well as clinical development of this vaccine, the ICMR said in a letter to the institutes.
The ICMR talked about plans to launch the vaccine for public health use by August 15, Independence Day. It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials, said the research body.
The final outcome would entirely depend on the co-operation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project, the ICMR told the institutes, advising them to fasten the approvals related to clinical trials and ensure that subjects are enrolled starting of this week. Non-compliance will be viewed very seriously. Therefore, you are advised to treat this project on highest priority and meet the given timelines without any lapse, read ICMR’s letter.
As per PTI, apart from Odishas IMS and SUM Hospital here, the other 10 institutes selected for the clinical trial are located in King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam, University of Health Sciences in Rohtak, AIIMS in New Delhi, AIIMS in Patna, Jeevan Rekha Hospital in Belagavi, Gillurkar Multispecialty Hospital in Nagpur, Rana Hospital in Gorakhpur, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Center in Kattankulathur (Tamil Nadu), Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, Prakhar Hospital in Kanpur and consultant physician Sagar Vivek Redkar in Goa.
Scientists around the world have been racing to produce a vaccine for the deadly virus that has infected over 10 million, including 600,000 in India, and caused more than 500,000 deaths.
Until now, no vaccine has got the approval for commercial use against COVID-19. More than a dozen possible vaccines from over 100 are being developed globally and are to be tested on humans. Some of these developed vaccines have shown potential to cure in early-stage human trials.
When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years
Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?
The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.
After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”
To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”
On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 7, 2021
‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde
BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.
Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”