BMC Calls on People to Follow Covid Guidelines, Says “Strict Action Against Violators”
INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium), has stated that Covovax has greater efficacy as a booster dose than Covishield, however, more clinical studies are needed on the resistance that Novovax provides against the variant. Omicron.
In the past 24 hours, India has reported 7,415 cases of Covid-19. Amid travel restrictions and rigorous testing, the heavily mutated Omicron variant continues to spread like fire. Italy, New York and the UK reported the largest single-day increase on Friday – 28,632; 21,027 and 93,045 new cases of coronavirus, respectively. Passengers in France rushed to exceed the midnight deadline for travel to and from Britain and France before the country banned non-essential travel between the two countries to contain infections endemic to Omicron.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said the Omicron variant will be the dominant strain of coronavirus in France from early 2022, comparing its spread in Europe to “lightning”.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization on Friday released an emergency use list for the COVID vaccine Covovax produced by the Serum Institute of India under license from Novavax, expanding the basket of vaccines validated by the global health organization against viral disease. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII), hailed the WHO decision as “another important step” in the fight against COVID-19.
“WHO has published an emergency use list for Covovax, expanding the basket of vaccines validated by WHO against COVID-19. The vaccine is produced by the Serum Institute of India under license from Novavax, ”the world health body said in a tweet on Friday.
Stressing that India faces a phase of “worry” with the onset of winters, officials told The Times of India that if daily cases in the UK and France were extrapolated in the context of the Indian population , that would mean 14 to 15 lakh cases per day. “As Omicron is spreading very quickly across Europe and most parts of the world, there is a need to avoid non-essential travel and mass gatherings. New Year’s celebrations should be low-key, ”ICMR Executive Director Dr Balram Bhargava told TOI.
So far in India, the Omicron cases are: Maharashtra (32), Delhi (22) and Rajasthan (17) have reported maximum numbers of cases, Karnataka and Telangana have registered eight each, Gujarat and Kerala five each, and Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal one each until 4pm on Fridays.
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