Oxford University: News

Pioneering AI risk research institute closes after nearly 20 years

The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), a leading entity in existential risk research related to artificial intelligence (AI), has announced its closure.

This AI tool assists doctors with prescribing medications to patients

Oxford University researchers have created an innovative artificial intelligence tool, DrugGPT, aimed at assisting doctors in prescribing medicines.

07 Dec 2023


Meet Samir Shah, Maharashtra-born TV executive set to head BBC

The United Kingdom (UK) government has chosen Indian-origin media executive Dr. Samir Shah to be the new chairman of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

14 Dec 2022

Social Media

Cambridge Dictionary alters 'man' and 'woman' definitions, faces criticism

The United Kingdom (UK) based Cambridge Dictionary has updated the definition of "man" and "woman" to incorporate individuals who identify as genders different from their biological sex.

05 Aug 2021


COVID-19 vaccine maker Professor Sarah Gilbert honored with Barbie doll

Mattel, the maker of the Barbie doll, has created a doll to honor Professor Sarah Gilbert, who led the development of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

15 Mar 2021

S Jaishankar

#OxfordUniversity racism row: India to raise the issue when required

Weighing in on the Oxford University racism row, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, on Monday said India will take up the matter with the UK when required. He was responding to BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnaw's query in the Parliament.

Severe side-effects after COVID-19 vaccine: What are your legal options?

India is looking forward to launching a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive with two vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization (EUA).

04 Jan 2021


Bharat Biotech allowed COVAXIN trials on children aged 12+

Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech has been allowed to conduct clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine on children above the age of 12.

03 Jan 2021


'Finally paid off,' says Adar Poonawalla after Covishield gets approval

Serum Institute of India's (SII) chief Adar Poonawalla today wished everyone a happy new year along with a great announcement.

31 Dec 2020


UK's approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine paves way for India

The United Kingdom on Wednesday approved the vaccine developed by Oxford University and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, giving the vaccine an endorsement that will likely be considered by Indian drug regulators.

30 Dec 2020


After Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.

28 Dec 2020


Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be effective against new variant: Report

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca should be effective against the highly transmissible new strain of the virus, a UK media report said on Sunday.

Dharavi logs zero coronavirus cases for first time since April

Labeled as a coronavirus hotspot once, Dharavi, believed to be the largest slum in Asia, reported no new coronavirus cases on Friday since April 1 when the first infection came to light.

22 Dec 2020

Vladimir Putin

Russia, AstraZeneca to test combination of COVID-19 shots

Developers of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V on Monday announced signing an agreement with AstraZeneca to test a combination of the British drug maker's COVID-19 shots and a component of the vaccine created in Moscow.

09 Dec 2020


Oxford-AstraZeneca release final-stage trial results, coronavirus vaccine labeled safe

The University of Oxford and pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca became the first coronavirus vaccine developers to release their final-stage clinical trial data.

08 Dec 2020

NITI Aayog

COVID-19 vaccine may get license in coming weeks: Health Ministry

India may license some COVID-19 vaccines in the next few weeks, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

08 Dec 2020


COVID-19 vaccine: 90-year-old woman receives first Pfizer shot in UK

A 90-year-old woman in the United Kingdom has become the world's first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech outside of clinical trials.

SII says Covishield 'safe' after trial participant sends legal notice

The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Tuesday said that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate was "safe and immunogenic," in response to allegations that a trial participant developed serious side-effects after being administered the dose.

30 Nov 2020


SII to sue vaccine trial participant for Rs. 100 crore

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has said that it will seek Rs. 100 crore in damages from a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant for complaining about side-effects.

24 Nov 2020

Moderna Inc

Russia's Sputnik V at least 91% effective, early data suggests

The Russian vaccine for COVID-19, called Sputnik V, has been found at least 91% effective in the second interim analysis.

23 Nov 2020


Oxford's vaccine, India's best shot against coronavirus, is 70% effective

The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University and British pharma giant AstraZeneca is 70% effective, results from large-scale trials have shown, multiple reports said on Monday.

20 Nov 2020


Oxford vaccine to be available by April 2021 in India

Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which has partnered with Oxford University and British pharma giant AstraZeneca, plans to seek an emergency approval from the government of India next month, for providing the coronavirus vaccine to "corona warriors" and the elderly.

16 Nov 2020

Johnson & Johnson

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine found to be 95% effective: Details here

American biotech company Moderna Therapeutics has announced that its COVID-19 vaccine was found to be nearly 95% effective in preventing the novel coronavirus disease.

29 Oct 2020


Oxford's coronavirus vaccine could be available by December: Adar Poonawalla

In a welcome piece of development, Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla said on Wednesday that the coronavirus vaccine, being developed by Oxford University, could be available for use in India by December 2020.

26 Oct 2020


Oxford COVID-19 vaccine generates immune response among young and old

The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca generates similar immune responses among younger and older adults, the pharmaceutical company has said.

22 Oct 2020


AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial's volunteer dies, testing to continue

A volunteer involved with the trial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died, Brazil's health authority Anvisa informed on Wednesday.

20 Oct 2020


India to play crucial role in COVID-19 vaccine process

As the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, India will play a major role in the vaccination efforts for COVID-19.

12 Oct 2020


COVAXIN to Oxford: Coronavirus vaccine updates for India

Although the coronavirus outbreak in India has started to slow down, the country remains the second worst-hit in the world.

03 Oct 2020


Coronavirus vaccine roll-out expected within 3 months in UK: Report

As the world awaits a vaccine against COVID-19, Oxford University's vaccine will reportedly be mass rolled-out within three months.

14 Sep 2020

Independence Day

Coronavirus vaccine won't be available for all before 2024-end: Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII), that has taken up the mammoth task of mass-producing the vaccine for novel coronavirus, asserted that the vaccine will not be available for the entire world before the end of 2024.

12 Sep 2020


AstraZeneca resumes clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine after UK nod

Late-stage clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the drug firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford have resumed.

07 Sep 2020


Coronavirus: Australia leads race toward getting vaccinated, signs important deals

Australians might be the first ones to get protection from coronavirus, thanks to two deals that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has inked with those developing the vaccines.

Coronavirus vaccine tracker: When will one be ready?

The global effort to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues as over 24 million people have been infected worldwide.

19 Aug 2020


Australia secures 'promising' COVID-19 vaccine, will offer it for free

In a bid to exit the COVID-19 pandemic for good, Australia has secured access to a "promising vaccine."

07 Aug 2020


Israel claims to have 'excellent' COVID-19 vaccine in hand

Israel says it has an 'excellent' vaccine in hand to prevent COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease.

Coronavirus: Who will be first in line for the vaccine?

Amid global expedited efforts to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, experts are debating who should be the first to be vaccinated.

03 Aug 2020


SII gets nod for Oxford COVID vaccine phase 2/3 trials

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has gotten the approval to conduct phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University.

30 Jul 2020


Coronavirus: How much would the vaccines cost?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge, all hopes rest on the development of a vaccine to beat the virus.

How soon could there be a vaccine for COVID-19?

Since the coronavirus outbreak started late last year, researchers have been racing to develop a vaccine against the virus, SARS-CoV-2.

24 Jul 2020


Meet Adar Poonawalla, the man bringing COVID-19 vaccines to India

In the fight against COVID-19, or should we say the worst health crisis of our time, several institutes/organizations are racing to develop vaccines, anti-viral treatments.

22 Jul 2020


Coronavirus vaccine will be available by 2021? Adar Poonawalla hopeful

Adar Poonawalla, the chief of Serum Institute of India (SII), is hoping that vaccine to fight coronavirus will be available in India by the first quarter of 2021.

21 Jul 2020


Can a recovered patient be infected again by coronavirus?

As Oxford University's vaccine candidate for COVID-19 has been found safe and effective, there remains obscurity over how long immunity against the novel coronavirus will last.

21 Jul 2020


India: Human trials of Oxford vaccine may start in August

The coronavirus vaccine, developed by researchers at Oxford University, could soon enter human trials phase in India, the CEO of Serum Institute of India informed on Monday.

20 Jul 2020


Confirmed! Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine generates immune response, no major side-effects

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University has been confirmed to be safe and effective.

17 Jul 2020


#GoodNews: Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine may be available by September-end

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca generates an immune response against the infection in humans, The Telegraph reports.

27 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine

Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine: All you need to know

Ever since COVID-19 started spreading, scientists have been racing to develop a vaccine and fight off the pandemic.

07 Jun 2020


COVID-19 vaccine: What are the latest updates?

With a sporadic increase in the number of cases and deaths, COVID-19 is growing beyond control in India.

26 May 2020


New COVID-19 vaccine goes into human trials: Details here

As COVID-19 continues to batter different parts of the world, scientists are racing to find a way to fight the pandemic as soon as possible.

19 May 2020


Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine fails key animal trial: Details here

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has failed a key animal trial.

08 May 2020


Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine gets FDA nod for phase 2 trial

Moderna Therapeutics, one of the select few companies trialing a COVID-19 vaccine, has received US Food and Drug Administration's approval to move into the second phase of the tests.

08 May 2020


China successfully conducts first COVID-19 vaccine trial (on monkeys)

China has made a significant breakthrough in the race to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) disease.

26 Apr 2020


India will start COVID-19 vaccine production next month: Details here

In a major development, Cyrus S. Poonawalla's Serum Institute of India has confirmed that it will start making a vaccine for COVID-19 next month.

24 Apr 2020


COVID-19 vaccine efforts are disjointed, says leading medical journal editor

As Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine goes into human trials, people around the world are hoping to see a solution for the ongoing pandemic by the end of this year.

23 Apr 2020


Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine goes into human trials this week

In a major development, researchers at the Oxford University claimed to have developed a vaccine for COVID-19, aka the novel coronavirus disease.

Want to check for COVID-19 infection? Look for these indicators

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across countries, a large number of people are facing the challenge of determining when they might be infected, as one remains asymptomatic for 8-10 days.

05 Sep 2019


Why is Teachers' Day celebrated; when was it first observed

Across the globe, Teachers' Day is celebrated on different dates. Internationally, teachers are commemorated on World Teachers' Day on October 5.

29 Apr 2019


By 2070, Facebook could have more dead than living users

Over the next 50 years, the number of dead user profiles on Facebook could be more than those of the living, a new study from Oxford University has revealed.

14 Feb 2019


Study: Seven moral rules exist across societies around the world

Despite there existing thousands of cultures around the world, anthropologists from the University of Oxford have identified seven 'universal' moral rules that are present across human cultures.

27 Oct 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan poses greater threat to humanity than Syria, report finds

A report titled 'Humanity at Risk - Global Terror Threat Indicant (GTTI)' has concluded that Pakistan poses three times the threat to humanity than Syria, as it continues to be a breeding ground for terrorist pads.

03 Aug 2018

Russia News

After US, Russia targeting Indian elections: Oxford University expert

After targeting elections in the US, Russia may turn its focus on other democracies like India and Brazil, an Oxford University Social Media expert has warned.

21 Jul 2018


#CareerBytes: Channelize your inner Shakespeare with these online creative-writing courses

The way to a person's intellect is through good writing. When you write creatively, you are telling your audience a story asking them to believe in the world you have created.

05 Jun 2018


IISc team develops LifeBox for storing harvested-organs for longer times

In a revolutionary medical development, a team of Bengaluru's Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed an innovative, state-of-the-art organ preservation box.

01 May 2018


Machine capable of storing liver for 24-hours enters India

In a revolutionary medical development, doctors in a Bengaluru hospital were able to assess the donor's liver before the transplant, a first in Asia.

11 Apr 2018


Oxford University crash course for two Indian teaching Olympiad winners

Two Indian teachers bagged a two-week classroom course at the University of Oxford by topping CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO).

10 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia

Ancient finger bone pushes back human migration from Africa

Scientists have discovered a fossilized finger bone of an early modern human in Saudi Arabia, dating back to about 90,000 years, that may rewrite the history of our ancestors' migration out of Africa.

31 Mar 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan divided over Malala Yousafzai visiting homeland

Malala Yousafzai flew in a helicopter to her hometown Swat on Saturday, her first visit in five years since she was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls' education and opposing Islamist militancy.

29 Mar 2018

Pakistan News

Malala visits Pakistan for first time since she was shot

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, is visiting Pakistan for the first time since she was shot by Taliban militants in 2012.

04 Mar 2018


Athletics legend Sir Roger Bannister passes away at 88

Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, has passed away at the age of 88.

02 Mar 2018


When are you the most popular? Research says 25

Those in your mid-20s, beware. A study revealed 25 is when you hit "peak friendship". It's all downhill from there.

22 Nov 2017


Student blames Oxford for his unsuccessful career, sues for £1million

The prestigious Oxford University has found itself at the center of legal trouble.

14 Nov 2017

Music Industry

Musician Bob Geldof returns award in protest over Suu Kyi

Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof said he's returning his Freedom of the City of Dublin award in protest against fellow award holder and Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

01 Oct 2017


Rohingya crisis: Oxford college removes portrait of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Amid the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, the Oxford University college where the country's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi studied has taken down her portrait from public display.

23 Sep 2017


CEA Arvind Subramanian gets one-year extension

The government has granted a one-year extension to Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, whose term was to end in October.

07 Sep 2017


When are you the most popular? Research says 25

Those in your mid-20s, beware. A study revealed 25 is when you hit "peak friendship". It's all downhill from there.

16 Jun 2017

Donald Trump

And the 2017 children's 'word of the year' is… Trump!

Trump pretty much rules global headlines. But it appears the US president is now taking over playgrounds as well.

09 Jun 2017


When are you the most popular? Research says 25

Those in your mid-20s, beware. A study revealed 25 is when you hit "peak friendship". It's all downhill from there.

04 Feb 2017


Sanjeev Sanyal appointed new Principal Economic Adviser

Former Chief Economist and Director of Global Markets Research in Deutsche Bank, Sanjeev Sanyal has been appointed India's new Principal Economic Adviser.