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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 19 August 2021

  1. Pneumonia vaccine at BBMP health centres soon
    The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), the most expensive vaccine that is part of India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) could be available at local BBMP health centres from September.
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  2. BBMP orders strict enforcement of Covid rules in markets
    Stepping up vigil around market areas ahead of the festival rush, the BBMP has issued special guidelines to health officials and marshals to strictly enforce rules to prevent a possible outbreak of the Covid infection. Read More
  3. Biocon jab to prevent, treat Covid likely next year
     Bengaluru-based biopharmaceutical company Biocon Biologics, a subsidiary of Biocon Ltd, is working on a biologic jab to prevent and treat coronavirus and its variants. The new drug, which is undergoing Phase 2 & Phase 3 trials, is likely to be launched during the next financial year.
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  4. Mucormycosis cases mount despite falling Covid numbers
    Despite the dramatic fall in fresh Covid-19 cases, the state continues to register several post-Covid mucormycosis cases. From July 22 to August 7, there have been 156 additional cases and 59 additional deaths.
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  5. PAC finds several lapses in procurement of COVID-19 material during second wave
    The State Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has identified several lapses in the tendering process and procurement of COVID-19 material, including Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits, during the second wave by the Health and Family Welfare Department, resulting in additional expenditure worth many crores.
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  6. Colleges told to follow calendar of events, await NEP syllabus
    The government has warned private unaided colleges that action will be taken against them if they do not adhere to the calendar of events. Though colleges are officially scheduled to start the admission process for the 2021-22 academic year on August 23, many have already completed it.
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  7. Vaccine for kids likely by Sept or soon
    After Phase II and III trials of Covaxin for paediatric use are currently on and the vaccine could be available for this age group by September or soon after, said Dr Priya Abraham, director of Pune’s ICMR-National Institute of Virology (NIV).
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  8. Vaccine  works for 6-9 months; yearly shots could be norm
    Covid-19 vaccine-induced immunity lasts for nearly 6-9 months from the time the second dose is taken, and hence booster doses are needed, says Dr Ananda Giri Shankar, leading epidemiologist and Incident Director, Covid-19, Public Health Wales, National Health Service, Wales, United Kingdom.”
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  9. Sharp decline in Covid testing puts question on actual count
    Since June, Karnataka has seen a sharp fluctuation in Covid-19 tests conducted across the state, as per government data, thereby indicating if the stabilising number of new infections reflects the actual ground reality of the situation in the southern state.
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  10. ICMR: Delta variant can infect vaccinated
    Chennai : An ICMR study conducted in Chennai has found that the Delta variant has the potential to infect both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, but it reduces mortality among the former group.
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