Coronavirus live updates: Pfizer says Covid vaccine shot 100% effective in adolescents after 4 months – Times of India

India recorded 8,488 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 538 days, taking the country's total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,45,18,901. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 45 straight days. Stay here for real-time updates:Read Less
Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has fully recovered from Covid-19 and will return to Vijayawada on Tuesday: RP Sisodia, Special Chief Secretary to Governor. (ANI)

India starts trial of US firm’s second-generation Covid vaccine
A clinical study of the US-based Akston Biosciences’ second generation Covid-19 vaccine candidate has kicked off in India. The AKS-452 is shelf-stable for at least six months at room temperatures (up to 25° Celsius) and maintains its potency for one month at 37° Celsius, said a release. It is a protein sub-unit vaccine, and does not contain mRNA technology, viral vectors or a weakened SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary of all States/UTs to ramp up Covid-19 vaccination under ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign.

Maharashtra on Monday reported eight fresh fatalities and 656 new cases, lowest one-day figures since April 2020, a health department official said.

The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 117 crore on Monday, the Union health ministry said.
More than 63 lakh (63,98,165) vaccine doses were administered to the beneficiaries till 7 pm on Monday, it said.
As the global health community works to increase the number of vaccinated people around the world, these additional data provide further confidence in our vaccine's safety and effectiveness profile in adolescents.
Pfizer, BioNTech said that the new data, which involved 2,228 trial participants, will help support their applications for full approval in the United States and worldwide. No serious safety concerns were observed in individuals with at least six months of follow-up after the second dose. (AFP)

Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday their Covid-19 vaccine remained 100 percent effective in children 12 to 15 years old, four months after the second dose.

Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 160 fresh Covid-19 cases that took its infection tally to 3,35,528, while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 4,462,

Tamil Nadu reports 750 fresh cases and 13 deaths over 24 hours. (ANI)
There are 8,616 active cases in the state while the death toll has reached 36,388.
Merkel says Covid spike ‘worse than anything we have seen’
Germany’s acting Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of her conservative party that measures being taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Europe’s biggest economy were insufficient and that stronger action needed to be taken.
The European Union’s drug regulator said on Monday it was evaluating data on booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson following an application, and a decision could come “within weeks” under a speedy review.

Goa: Schools to be allowed to conduct offline classes for students in Class VII and VIII from November 25.

The vaccine hesitancy survey, conducted by LocalCircles, in early-October had found around 7.04 crore people to be hesitant. This figure has now increased to 11.59 crore.
Of those who haven’t taken vaccine yet, 23% are willing to take it soon while another 16% may take it down the road as more vaccines/variant efficacy data emerge, the survey stated.
Delhi records 26 Covid-19 cases, zero daily deaths; positivity rate 0.06 per cent: Health bulletin

Read: 11.5 crore Indian adults currently hesitant to take Covid vaccine: survey
With a steady decline in the daily Covid-19 caseload in India and a third wave not having hit in September-October, as was predicted by experts, approximately 4.5 crore Indian adults, who were earlier ready to get vaccinated have become “hesitant”, stated a survey.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday slammed three nights of unrest over anti-Covid measures as “pure violence’ by “idiots” and vowed to prosecute those responsible.
The Netherlands was taking stock after a weekend that saw dozens of violent protests across the country against the government’s anti-coronavirus measures. At least 130 people have been arrested, four people wounded and several police officers injured since the violence first erupted on Friday, when a protest in the port city of Rotterdam turned into running battles between police and rioters.
Most Germans will be “vaccinated, cured or dead” from Covid-19 in a few months, Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Monday as he urged more citizens to get jabbed.
The stark warning comes as Germany is racing to contain a record rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with hospitals sounding the alarm about overflowing intensive care units.
“The government cannot take a direct decision in such a matter. When the Indian Council of Medical Research and expert team will say that a booster dose should be given, we will consider it then,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had recently said.

Officials said that over 12 crore beneficiaries are overdue for their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine after the expiry of the prescribed interval between the two doses.

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