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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for COVID-19

He has requested all those who came in contact to follow protocol.


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on September 16 announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Taking to Twitter, Gadkari said, "Yesterday, I was feeling weak and consulted my Doctor. During the course of my check up, I have been tested COVID 19 positive. I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself."

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"I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe," he added.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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Earlier today, Lok Sabha MP from Tirupati YSRCP leader Balli Durga Prasad Rao passed away at a hospital in Chennai, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

With a spike of 90,123 fresh cases of COVID-19, India has breached the 50 lakh-mark. In the last 24 hours, 1,290 deaths were reported across the country, pushing the death toll due to the infection to 82,066.
First Published on Sep 16, 2020 09:41 pm
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