India has recorded more than 58.1 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 92,290 deaths. Of these, more than 9.7 lakh are active cases while over 47.5 lakh have recovered.
Across the country, 14,92,409 samples were tested for the novel coronavirus on September 24, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally remains the highest among Indian states and Union territories, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update. The ministry updates its numbers a day after states release their data.
Globally, more than 3.1 crore infections and over 9.7 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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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