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Covaxin effective against Delta plus variant, says ICMR study

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New Delhi: Data from the Indian Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, has shown that the effective reproduction number of SARS-Cov2, the Covid-19 causing virus, for India has crossed 1 for the first time after May 7.

The data shows Uttarakhand and HP and states in the North-East and south and a few metros have an R value of more than 1 indicating rising infective potential of the virus. The number had dropped to 0.96.


Meanwhile, Covaxin has been shown to be effective against the Delta plus variant by a new study of ICMR.

The study, a pre print publication, is yet to be peer reviewed. A previous study had shown Covaxin 65.2 per cent effective against Delta variant.

Biotech’s rotavirus vax gets WHO prequalification

Bharat Biotech on Monday announced that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has awarded prequalification to its rotavirus vaccine, ROTAVAC 5D, a unique rotavirus vaccine formulation that can be administered without a buffer. Its low dose volume (0.5 ml) facilitates easy vaccine logistics, cold chain management and low biomedical waste disposal post-vaccination. It is used for the prevention of rotavirus infection.