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  • USFDA begins inspections of Indian manufacturing sites deemed mission-critical Feb 25, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    USFDA begins inspections of Indian manufacturing sites deemed mission-critical

    Inspections of sites deemed to be mission critical for the US resumed last month. The American drug regulator’s India director Christopher Middendorf also said that the USFDA may grant approval without inspection if a drug belongs to an already approved profile and the manufacturer has a solid Good Manufacturing Practices record

  • 229 school hostel students test coronavirus positive in Maharashtra Feb 25, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    229 school hostel students test coronavirus positive in Maharashtra

    Four school staffers have also tested positive, the official said, adding the area has been declared a containment zone.

  • 19,600 received first dose of COVID vaccine in Mizoram so far Feb 25, 2021 11:36 AM IST

    19,600 received first dose of COVID vaccine in Mizoram so far

    The state's caseload stands at 4,413, of which 23 are active cases, while 4,380 people have recovered from the disease and 10 patients have succumbed to the infection so far.

  • Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Feb 25, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported over 16,000 COVID-19 new cases on February 25. Active cases rise above 1.51 lakh mark. Over 1.26 crore beneficiaries vaccinated till date.

  • Coronavirus update: India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases; highest since January 29 Feb 25, 2021 10:30 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases; highest since January 29

    More than half came from the western state of Maharashtra, India's richest and home to its financial capital of Mumbai, which reported a record high of 8,807 cases on Wednesday.

  • Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi to help West Bengal get corona vaccines for people before polls Feb 25, 2021 10:19 AM IST

    Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi to help West Bengal get corona vaccines for people before polls

    A rapid vaccination programme is needed immediately for the interests of health and well-being of all concerned with the election process, Banerjee said in a letter to Modi.

  • 614 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 5 more deaths Feb 25, 2021 09:59 AM IST

    614 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 5 more deaths

    Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, the virus claimed the life of five more persons in the district, raising the death toll to 6,251, he said.

  • Concentrated spurt of virus in Vidarbha: Maharashtra health official Feb 25, 2021 09:45 AM IST

    Concentrated spurt of virus in Vidarbha: Maharashtra health official

    If not controlled, it can spread to otherstates in the country, Dr Subhash Salunke, technical adviser to the Maharashtra government on COVID-19 outbreak, told reporters here on Wednesday night.

  • Joe Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ''equity'' push Feb 25, 2021 08:01 AM IST

    Joe Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ''equity'' push

    Biden, who like Donald Trump's administration considered sending masks to all Americans, is instead adopting a more conservative approach, aiming to reach underserved communities and those bearing the brunt of the outbreak. Trump's administration shelved the plans entirely.

  • In a boost for battle against COVID-19, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world Feb 25, 2021 07:57 AM IST

    In a boost for battle against COVID-19, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world

    Up until now, most data on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines has come under controlled conditions in clinical trials, leaving an element of uncertainty over how results would translate into the real world with its unpredictable variables.

  • Tie-up with Serum Institute of India key to mass production of COVID vaccines, say two pharma majors Feb 25, 2021 07:18 AM IST

    Tie-up with Serum Institute of India key to mass production of COVID vaccines, say two pharma majors

    Located in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, the SII is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer by volume.

  • Coronavirus News Highlights: India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases; highest since January 29 Feb 25, 2021 07:16 AM IST

    Coronavirus News Highlights: India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases; highest since January 29

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 336th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • India 2nd biggest target of cyber criminals in Asia Pacific in 2020: IBM Feb 24, 2021 10:43 PM IST

    India 2nd biggest target of cyber criminals in Asia Pacific in 2020: IBM

    Ransomware was the top attack type, accounting for around 40 percent of total cyber attacks.

  • Mumbai records 1,167 new coronavirus cases, four deaths Feb 24, 2021 09:26 PM IST

    Mumbai records 1,167 new coronavirus cases, four deaths

    The number of tests carried out so far reached 31,85,334 with 21,123 samples being tested since Tuesday evening.

  • India resiliently fought back COVID-19 pandemic; economy, life on path to normalcy: SC Feb 24, 2021 08:55 PM IST

    India resiliently fought back COVID-19 pandemic; economy, life on path to normalcy: SC

    The top court observed that there is no doubt that for India or for the rest of the world, COVID-19 has been a disaster of unprecedented proportions and the crisis of pandemic has provided the sternest test for disaster management response.

  • Maharashtra reports over 8,000 new coronavirus cases, 80 deaths Feb 24, 2021 08:42 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports over 8,000 new coronavirus cases, 80 deaths

    The increase in cases was steep considering that on Tuesday, the state had reported 6,218 new COVID-19 cases.

  • Kerala reports 4,106 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths Feb 24, 2021 08:12 PM IST

    Kerala reports 4,106 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

    According to the release, 2,28,416 people are under observation out of which 8,006 are in isolation wards of various hospitals.

  • Airline industry expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021: IATA Feb 24, 2021 08:01 PM IST

    Airline industry expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021: IATA

    This summer is make-or-break for many airlines and holiday companies which are struggling to survive with close to a year of almost no revenue due to pandemic restrictions.

  • Slightly high fare of short distance trains to discourage unnecessary travel: Railways Feb 24, 2021 07:46 PM IST

    Slightly high fare of short distance trains to discourage unnecessary travel: Railways

    The railways, which has now started operating passenger or local train services, has come under fire from daily commuters, who are feeling the pinch of the rise in the fares.

  • New analyses show Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine works well Feb 24, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    New analyses show Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine works well

    The vaccine’s protection was consistent across Black, Hispanic and white volunteers, and also across different ages.

  • Dharavi reports double-digit COVID-19 case count after 37 days Feb 24, 2021 06:40 PM IST

    Dharavi reports double-digit COVID-19 case count after 37 days

    A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the slum-dominated area, spread over 2.5 sq km, recorded 10 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 4,041.

  • A year of WFH: Here's what people miss about being in office Feb 24, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    A year of WFH: Here's what people miss about being in office

    One of the biggest tends to come out of the coronavirus pandemic is the work from home (WFH) routine. Many workers are past the half-year mark in WFH existence, and there is no end in sight. A recent Knight Frank research reveals an unexpected COVID-19 fallout: majority employees miss the office. The research is based on an extensive survey with 1,600 employees of IT and ITES companies in India. Let’s take a look at what employees miss about being in an office environment.

  • Vaccinations for 60-plus group, people above 45 with comorbidities from March 1: Government Feb 24, 2021 03:32 PM IST

    Vaccinations for 60-plus group, people above 45 with comorbidities from March 1: Government

    "While the vaccine will be provided free of cost at government centres, the Centre will come out with prescribed rates for vaccination at private hospitals," Prakash Javadekar said.

  • COVID-19 News | Future vaccines depend on test subjects in short supply: Monkeys Feb 24, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    COVID-19 News | Future vaccines depend on test subjects in short supply: Monkeys

    The world needs monkeys, whose DNA closely resembles that of humans, to develop COVID-19 vaccines. But a global shortage, resulting from the unexpected demand caused by the pandemic, has been exacerbated by a recent ban on the sale of wildlife from China, the leading supplier of the lab animals

  • Centre rushes high level teams to states witnessing surge in COVID-19 cases Feb 24, 2021 01:42 PM IST

    Centre rushes high level teams to states witnessing surge in COVID-19 cases

    The central teams have been deputed to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.

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