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With fresh 83,883 COVID cases, India reports 38,53,406 infections so far

Srinagar: With the fresh 83,883 COVID cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s coronavirus disease count reached 38,53,406 on Thursday.

According to the Health Ministry of India, the number of active cases in the country are 8,15,538 and 29,70,492 patients have been cured of the disease.

The country recorded 1043 new fatalities till Wednesday, which pushed the death toll up to 67,376, the ministry said. On Wednesday, India had recorded 1045 deaths.

India, meanwhile, conducted over a million COVID tests for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Currently, there are over 150 coronavirus vaccines in various stages of development in several countries with a few making advanced progress in clinical trials.

Earlier, Russia announced that the country has already produced the first batch of its COVID vaccine.

In India, a Pune based vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India (SII) has decided to manufacture 100 million COVID vaccine doses which will be capped at Rs 225 per dose.

While the Oxford coronavirus vaccine and a Chinese vaccine showing positive results in the first round of human trials, the Moderna has shown positive results among mice and developed immunity against the disease upon testing.

India’s Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has also entered the human trial stage and is expected to come out with results in a month.

Pertinently, on August 15, the Prime Minister of India said that three probable COVID vaccines are currently being developed in India and large-scale production will begin as soon as scientists give a green signal.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to all the frontline workers involved in India’s fight against the pandemic.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned world governments against “vaccine nationalism” and urged leaders to make plans on how to share life-saving inoculations against coronavirus.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the threat of COVID can only be snuffed out with global coordination, especially when a vaccine is developed.

 

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