Trial Of Coronavirus Vaccine Begins In US

US health officials made an announcement about start of the first human trial of a candidate vaccine against the new coronavirus in Seattle. This test is a ray of hope in the global fight against the disease.

But the vaccine has to pass more trials in phases before it is termed safe and it could take from 12 to 18 months before it is made available for public.

COVID-19 vaccine

US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with Cambridge, Massachusetts based biotechnology company Modern has been developing a vaccine called mRNA-1273 to defeat COVID-19.

The trial involves 45 healthy adult volunteers between the age group of 18 to 55 years. They will be kept under observation for a period of 6 weeks and the trail on the first volunteer would start on Wednesday. Funding for the trial was provided by the Oslo-based Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

COVID-19 has already infected more than 175,000 people and claimed over 7,000 lives so far. But there is no approved vaccine for this infection. Head of infectious diseases at the NIH said that finding a safe … Read the rest

Canadian PM Announces Shutdown From Quarantine

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada was closing its borders to most foreigners except for Americans. Stay home as much as possible advised Justin. The Canadian PM and his family are under isolation after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19.

Canada takes strict measure

The move comes after the number of coronavirus cases in Canada jumped from a few dozen two weeks ago to more than 400 and four deaths. Earlier the virus was traced to foreign travels but today local transmission of the virus is also traced.

Exemptions to US

Justin said that US citizens were exempted because Canada had high level of integration of the two economies and the coordination that they had. Also, the exemptions are provided to air crews, diplomats and immediate family members of Canadian citizens. Also, truck drivers that make regular deliveries across Canada borders. Also, the government will help its citizens that are stranded overseas because they are suspect.

Continental response

The measure is called continental response to the deadly outbreak. The Transport Minister Marc Garneau told that the measure would take effect starting midday on Wednesday. And the … Read the rest

Tom Hanks Recovers From COVID-19 But His Wife Still Suffers From The Infection

Tom Hanks, who was recently down with COVID-19 along with his wife Rita Wilson, has been released from the isolation. The couple was in Brisbane, Australia when they got infected with deadly coronavirus. While Tom Hanks was released from quarantine in an Australian hospital, his wife is still under recuperating from the infection.

Tom and Wilson in Australia

He was busy shooting for the biopic of Elvis Presley when he and Wilson, both 63, got COVID-19. Wilson is a singer and songwriter. She performed in many concerts in Sydney and Brisbane before getting infection. The Australian authorities had been tracking people they were in contact with as their contacts could also get infected.

The couple thanked their Australian caregivers and urge their fans to follow the advice of experts. They posted their run-in with COVID-19 on social media.

They were staying in a Gold Coast penthouse while working on the Lurhmann film in which Tom Hanks is essaying the role of Elvis’ long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Tom is believed to have returned to the penthouse after getting discharged from the hospital.

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Coronavirus Infects Spreads To Uttarakhand

The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 110 that includes 17 foreigners – 16 Italian tourists and a Canadian. Uttarakhand reported its first case of COVID-19 on Sunday. The number of people died due to coronavirus is two – one each from Delhi and Karnataka.

Coronavirus spread in the country

With 32 positive cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID-19cases in the country. Kerala has recorded 22 cases and it includes three patients that were discharged last month. Uttar Pradesh has 12 coronavirus patients and Delhi has 7. Ladakh has 3 patients of coronavirus and Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana have two each. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab have reported one case each.

Steps taken to contain the virus

According to health ministry data, 12,76,046 passengers have been screened at 30 designated airports. The government has traced the 4,000 people that came into contact with 93 COVID-19 patients. Also, there are 42,000 people under community surveillance.

The data further says that are sufficient personal protective equipment (PPEs). Also, that over 80,50,000 N95 masks and PPEs have been procured for health workers.

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COVID-19 Test Only For Selected Persons

A suspected case of coronavirus was turned back by RML hospital because he had no history of foreign travel and nor was in contact with a coronavirus patient. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has directed the hospitals to test those selected cases.

ICMR guidelines for coronavirus testing

The government body said that all the people with viral symptoms need not to be tested for COVID-19 because there had been on “community transmission” in India. “Community transmission” is a case where the source of a disease remains obscure.

Special Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, Sanjeev Kumar, said that the country is utilizing only 10% of its total capacity to test COVID-19. He further said that the coronavirus test is free and that the country has a much higher capacity but it was utilizing only 10% of it. Also, 80 lakh masks and safety equipment had been bought for health workers.

Experts criticized the approach

Ramanan Lakshminarayan, founder and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) criticized the approach saying that the people would spread the disease, if they didn’t know that they were … Read the rest

Britain Will See More Deaths From COVID-19: Boris Johnson

On Thursday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of more deaths due to coronavirus while the chief scientific advisor of the government said that there could be 10,000 coronavirus infections in Britain.

Also, Britain and EU agreed to cancel face-to-face trade negotiations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The negotiations were planned for next week in London.

UK PM Boris Johnson’s warning

He said that the virus was going to spread further. Flanked by the top scientific and medical advisors of the government, he made an announcement regarding the “delay-phase” of the government.

The British plan of containing the outbreak will work in three phases – containment, delay and mitigation. In the delay phase, the government will implement social distancing measures like reducing large gatherings and closing schools.

But he said that no public meetings would be cancelled and schools would remain open. At the same time, he warned that the advice could change if the virus spread further.

Boris Johnson faced criticism for delayed response

He agreed that the outbreak has triggered panic in the business, trade and every day life and the … Read the rest