COVID positive Neetu is flying back to Mumbai
It was mayhem on the sets of 'Jug Jugg Jeeyo' in Chandigarh, being directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Karan Johar-ever since Neetu Kapoor and director Raj Mehta tested positive for COVID. Reportedly, Anil Kapoor had also been infected but ETimes brought you the first official confirmation that Kapoor is safe. We had called Boney Kapoor to ask and he had said, "Anil has tested negative."
Covid-19 vaccine should be kept affordable, free of cost for economically vulnerable: Deve Gowda
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Friday suggested that the cost of the Covid-19 vaccine be kept affordable and that the government even consider offering it free of cost for the economically vulnerable sections.
"My first COVID symptom was pain in lower body"
Soheli Purohit experienced several COVID symptoms before finally going for a test after having an acute pain in the upper right part of her chest. We often tend to miss signs like body ache and that's what makes this story important. Here's what we can learn from her COVID journey
Covid-19 vaccine will be useful only if people take it: Experts
The rapid development of a vaccine against Covid-19 will be useful only if people take it and distrust or hesitancy may impede the building of immunity, experts and doctors say while emphasizing the benefits of vaccination hugely outweigh the side-effects if any.
Anil confirms testing negative for Covid-19
Anil Kapoor hit headlines today when reports suggested that he had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. Refuting the speculating, he shared in a statement on social media, “In the interest of putting any rumours to rest, I have tested negative for COVID-19. Thank you all for your concern and good wishes.”
Covid-19 vaccination drive after scientists' nod: PM Modi
In his remarks here at an all-party meeting held virtually, he said healthcare workers involved in treating Covid-19 patients, frontline workers, who include police personnel and municipal staff, and old people suffering from serious conditions would be inoculated on priority.
UK defends fast pace of COVID-19 vaccine approval
Europe|: London: Britain insisted on Friday its world-first approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine met all safety standards, after officials in Europe and the United States queried the rapid process. The UK’s regulator gave emergency approval on Wednesday for the vaccine and the government plans to start rolling it out next week. Any vaccine “must undergo robust clinical trials in line with international standards”, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in a statement. “No vaccine would be authorised for supply in the UK unless the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met.” Leading US infectious disease scientist Anthony Fauci said on Thursday the MHRA had rushed approval, but he later apologised. “I have a great deal of confidence in what the UK does both scientifically and from a regulator standpoint,” Fauci told the BBC. “Our process is one that takes more time than it takes in the UK. And that’s just the reality,” he said. “I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman welcomed Fauci’s reversal, noted that the MHRA had already said “no corners had been cut” in vetting the vaccine. “We’ve been absolutely clear on the safety of the vaccine given the rigorous standards it has gone through as part of the MHRA process,” the spokesman told reporters. The UK regulator obtained an exemption from the EU’s medicines agency, which has stressed it prefers to wait for further review and consultations across the 27-nation bloc. Britain plans to distribute an initial batch of 800,000 doses starting next week, prioritising care homes, and has deployed scientists to counter any disinformation. Vaccine nationalism The government says it has no plans to make the vaccine compulsory, but insufficient takeup will delay a return to economic normality as Britain contends with the worst death toll in Europe. The MHRA said it was able to move quickly after launching a rolling review of data provided by Pfizer and BioNTech as trials proceeded, rather than waiting for all the data to be compiled at the end of the trials. “COVID-19 vaccines, including this one, are being developed in a coordinated way that allows some stages of this process to happen in parallel to condense the time needed, but it does not mean steps and the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness have been bypassed,” it said. Approval is expected this month by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam has also hit back at critics, suggesting sour grapes on the part of regulators who are bound by more bureaucracy. “If you’re a regulator who’s slightly further behind, what do you say to justify your position that you are further behind? Words such as the ones we’ve heard perhaps,” he told the BBC on Thursday. Some British ministers have strayed into jingoism with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson saying the UK had approved the jabs earlier than European nations because it was “a better country”. Government scientific adviser Peter Openshaw, of London’s Imperial College, said the rhetoric of international competition was unfortunate. “This is really us against the virus, it’s not us against the Americans, us against the Europeans,” he told the BBC on Thursday. Openshaw also defended the MHRA’s approval for the vaccine: “It’s quite clear this has been very, very carefully scrutinised and I have no concerns about it.”
UK defends Pfizer coronavirus vaccine decision amid criticism it moved too fast
U.K. regulators went on the offensive Friday to beat back criticism that they rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying they rigorously analyzed data on safety and effectiveness in the shortest time possible without compromising the thoroughness of their review.