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Globally, there have been over 1.53 crore confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 6.28 lakh people have died so far.

July 24, 2020 / 10:17 PM IST
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India has recorded more than 12.8 lakh cases of novel coronavirus and 30,601 deaths, according to the health ministry's latest update. Of these, 4,40,135 are active cases while 8,17,209 have recovered.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Globally, there have been over 1.53 crore confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 6.28 lakh people have died so far.

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>> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Kirodi Lal Meena tested positive for COVID-19. Meena is undergoing treatment at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Jaipur.

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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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>> Doctors said there is muted response to plasma donation calls, attributing it to unfounded fears people have about associated health risks, and the tendency to put off donation for any future need of family members, news agency PTI reported.

>> The Delhi High Court asked Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) to come out with a clarification that mobile number, government issued identity card, photographs or even a residential proof ought not to be insisted upon for COVID-19 test of a mentally ill homeless persons.

>> Over 90 trainees at Police Training School in Bengaluru tested positive for COVID-19.

>> The Indian Premier League (IPL), which was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, will start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the final slated on November 8, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI. 

>> Scientists redesigned key coronavirus protein in lab, an innovation that may lead to much faster and more stable production of vaccines against COVID-19.

>> The Centre asks all states to avoid large congregation of people, and ensure social distancing and wearing of masks while celebrating the Independence Day amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

>> South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has again announced the closure of schools for a month even as the nation's COVID-19 tally crossed the four-lakh mark.
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first published: Jul 24, 2020 10:17 pm

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