COVID-19 Vaccine: News

India's drug regulator approves study on mixing Covishield, COVAXIN jabs

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved a proposal to conduct a study on the mixing of Covishield and COVAXIN COVID-19 vaccines.

10 Aug 2021


Mumbai: Stations to issue QR code-based passes for fully-vaccinated citizens

Arrangements will be made at 65 railway stations in Mumbai, where quick response or QR code-based passes will be issued to people who have taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and wish to travel in suburban local trains, city mayor Kishori Pednekar said on Tuesday.

10 Aug 2021

Mansukh Mandaviya

Zydus Cadila COVID-19 vaccine may get emergency nod this week

India's second indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Zydus Cadila, is reportedly likely to get emergency use approval (EUA) this week.

10 Aug 2021


India's COVID-19 situation is getting worse, says top scientist

There is a disturbing trend in India's coronavirus situation, warned Dr. Vipin Srivastava, eminent physicist and a former pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Hyderabad.

09 Aug 2021


Fully-vaccinated Mumbaikars can travel in local trains from August 15

Fully vaccinated citizens of Mumbai can travel in local trains from August 15, but a gap of 14 days from the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine is necessary to avail the facility, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday.

08 Aug 2021


Mixing of Covishield, COVAXIN vaccines gives positive results: ICMR study

A study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has indicated that mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccines Covishield and COVAXIN can yield better results.

06 Aug 2021


J&J applies for EUA of COVID-19 vaccine in India

Global healthcare major Johnson & Johnson on Friday said that it has applied for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in India.

06 Aug 2021


Novavax seeks 'OK' for COVID-19 vaccine in needy countries first

Vaccine maker Novavax announced Thursday that it has asked regulators in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine—offering its shot to some low-income countries before rich ones with ample supplies.

04 Aug 2021

New York City

New York restaurants, gyms to ask for COVID-19 vaccination proof

New York City in the United States will soon start restricting people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 from dining at restaurants, going to gyms, etc.

04 Aug 2021


India mulls mixing Covishield, Sputnik doses; no recommendation yet

India is considering allowing the mixing of different COVID-19 vaccine doses in what could be the first mix-and-match inoculation.

02 Aug 2021

Johnson & Johnson

J&J withdraws vaccine approval request in India, CDSCO says

Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn its proposal seeking an accelerated approval of its COVID-19 vaccine, Janssen, in India, the country's drug regulator said.

Government expert panel recommends conducting trials on mixing Covishield, COVAXIN

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has given its go-ahead for conducting clinical trials involving the mixing and matching of Covishield and COVAXIN vaccine doses.

Government trashes reports on missing July-end target of vaccine administration

The government on Tuesday dismissed media reports that claimed that India will miss the end-July target of administering 50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses as "ill-informed and misrepresenting" and asserted that over 51.60 crore vaccine doses will be supplied from January to July 31.

24 Jul 2021


European drug regulator approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, for 12-17-year-olds

The European drug regulator on Friday recommended approving Moderna's coronavirus vaccine, called Spikevax, for use in children aged 12-17 years, making it the second vaccine to be authorized for this age group in the region.

22 Jul 2021


COVID-19 vaccination drive to resume from Friday in Mumbai

The COVID-19 inoculation drive will resume in Mumbai from Friday at civic and government-run centers after the arrival of the new stock of vaccines, which was expected to arrive on Wednesday night, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

21 Jul 2021


Coronavirus: India adds 4,000 more deaths as Maharashtra clears backlog

India on Wednesday reported nearly 4,000 more fatalities as Maharashtra reconciled its official tally. The state added 3,656 more deaths, including 147 deaths on Tuesday and 3,509 backlog deaths that had gone unreported.

Two-third of Indians have COVID-19 antibodies: ICMR serosurvey

Around 40 crore Indians are still vulnerable to COVID-19 infections, according to India's fourth national serological survey.

20 Jul 2021


No sign of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines in breast milk: Study

Researchers have found no evidence of the presence of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in breast milk suggesting that mRNA preventives are safe during lactation.

Coronavirus: 4 vaccines in human trial stage, government tells Parliament

India has four COVID-19 vaccines in the human trial stage, the central government told the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Parliament) on Tuesday.

India offered 7.5mn doses of Moderna vaccine under COVAX program

India has been offered 7.5 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX global vaccine sharing program, but it is not clear when the jabs will arrive in the country as a consensus on the indemnity clause is yet to be reached, sources said.

19 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Get jabbed, become 'Baahubali': PM Modi

The vaccine is given in the baahu (arm) and those who take it become Baahubali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday and asserted that over 40 crore people have become Baahubali (strong) in the fight against coronavirus.

16 Jul 2021


IISc's 'warm' COVID-19 vaccine effective against all major variants: Study

A heat-tolerant COVID-19 vaccine formulation developed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has proven effective against all current SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, according to a study in animals.

14 Jul 2021

Indian Government

Awaiting greenlight from India to send COVID-19 vaccine help: US

The United States on Tuesday said that it is ready to ship its COVID-19 vaccines expeditiously when it has the green light from the Indian Government which has told the Americans that it needs further time to review legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations.

13 Jul 2021

Johnson & Johnson

FDA adds warning of rare reaction risk to J&J vaccine

US regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction but said it's not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.

12 Jul 2021


Gujarat got adequate COVID-19 vaccine doses: Officials

Gujarat has so far received an "adequate" number of vaccine doses from the Centre to inoculate people against COVID-19 and the state still has a stock of around seven lakh doses, the government officials said on Monday.

12 Jul 2021


Nasal COVID-19 vaccine prevents disease, transmission in animals: Study

A new single-dose, intranasal COVID-19 vaccine fully protects mice against lethal infection, and also blocks transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in ferrets, a study has shown.

09 Jul 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination

Researchers developing self-amplifying RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines with milder doses required

Presently, the COVID-19 vaccination drives around the world pose a logistical nightmare to organizers and the need for multiple jabs per person isn't helping matters.

09 Jul 2021

Zydus Cadila

Zydus vaccine for 12-18-year-olds from September, says expert panel chief

Coronavirus vaccination for children with the Zydus Cadila vaccine will start by September, said Dr. NK Arora, the chief of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration.

06 Jul 2021


Morepen Laboratories starts production of test batch of Sputnik V

Morepen Laboratories has started production of the test batch of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at its facility in Himachal Pradesh, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the drug firm said in a statement on Tuesday.

06 Jul 2021


Recipe for even more powerful vaccines against COVID-19 found

Scientists have found a recipe for even more effective, powerful vaccines against the coronavirus and its rapidly emerging variants based on the way human cells activate the immune system in response to COVID-19 infection.

01 Jul 2021


IISc-Bengaluru preparing booster shot that works for any COVID-19 vaccine

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru may soon develop a coronavirus booster shot that can be given to any vaccinated person, the top research institute says.

Seven EU nations, Switzerland approve India-made Covishield for 'Green Pass'

The European Union's (EU) Digital COVID Certificate framework to allow easier, restriction-free movement of vaccinated travelers within European countries—excluding India-made Covishield and COVAXIN vaccines—comes into force on Thursday.

Zydus applies for approval of its 3-dose, needle-free COVID-19 vaccine

Zydus Cadila, the Gujarat-based drug firm, has applied for the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), the company said today.

29 Jun 2021

Bombay High Court

Don't spare 'big fish' in fake vaccination cases: High Court

On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court said that the Mumbai Police, probing instances of fake vaccination camps against COVID-19, must identify the "big fish" in such cases and not spare them.

28 Jun 2021


Current COVID-19 vaccines are less effective against Beta variant: Study

A study of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, suggests that current vaccines may be less effective against the Beta variant first identified in South Africa.

26 Jun 2021


Kolkata: Three more arrested in dubious COVID-19 vaccine camps case

Three more associates of fake IAS Officer Debanjan Deb were arrested today morning in connection with the dubious COVID-19 vaccination camps in Kolkata, a senior police officer said.

23 Jun 2021


New universal coronavirus vaccine may help prevent future pandemics

Scientists have developed a universal vaccine that protected mice not just against COVID-19 but also other coronaviruses while triggering the immune system to fight off a dangerous variant.

19 Jun 2021


Zydus to seek approval for its COVID-19 vaccine next week

Zydus Cadila, the Gujarat-based drug firm, will next week apply for the emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine in India, company sources told the media, adding it has apprised the government of its intention.

18 Jun 2021


Will the COVID-19 vaccine really make you magnetic?

The anti-vaccine gang is at it again!

16 Jun 2021


Two COVID-19 vaccines for young children show promise in trials

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and an experimental protein-based preventive proved to be safe and showed good antibody response against SARS-CoV-2 in a trial on baby rhesus macaques, scientists said.