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Vaccines are ready for Corona vaccination at the vaccination centres. (AP)
Vaccines are ready for Corona vaccination at the vaccination centres. (AP)

3 ways to improve Covid-19 vaccine distribution methods, suggest researchers

  • A team of researchers suggests three ways to more fairly and effectively distribute the vaccine so that people in poor countries get the vaccine as soon as possible
  • The results of the study by a team of researchers from Binghamton University. was led by professor Nicole Hassoun.

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins works outside the International Space Station (Photo: AP)
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins works outside the International Space Station (Photo: AP)

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

NASA’s Kate Rubins and Victor Glover emerged from the orbiting lab lugging 8-foot duffle-style bags stuffed with hundreds of pounds of mounting brackets and struts. The equipment was so big and awkward that it had to be taken apart like furniture, just to get through the hatch

ISRO Chairman K Sivan (HT)
By tweaking their vaccines, a process that should be easier than coming up with the original shots. (Photo: AP)
By tweaking their vaccines, a process that should be easier than coming up with the original shots. (Photo: AP)

How would Covid-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

If a variant with a mutated spike protein crops up that the original vaccine can't recognize, companies would swap out that piece of genetic code for a better match — if and when regulators decide that's necessary

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (PTI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (PTI)

UP managed to control Encephalitis by 75%, says CM Yogi Adityanath

'In 2017, we started a special vaccination and citizens' awareness programme about Encephalitis. As a result, the state managed to control the disease by 75% and the death rate due to the disease reduced by 95% in the past four years, CM Yogi Adityanath said

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The Soyuz spacecraft with the Arktika-M satellite for monitoring the climate and environment in the Arctic, blasts off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (via REUTERS)
The Soyuz spacecraft with the Arktika-M satellite for monitoring the climate and environment in the Arctic, blasts off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (via REUTERS)

Russia launches its first Arctic monitoring satellite

  • Video published by the Russian space agency showed the Soyuz blaster launching against grey skies at 0655 GMT, carrying an Arktika-M satellite
  • Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter Sunday that the launch was routine

File Photo: So-called viral vector shots, such as Sputnik V and a shot developed by AstraZeneca, use harmless modified viruses as vehicles, or vectors, to carry genetic information (REUTERS)
File Photo: So-called viral vector shots, such as Sputnik V and a shot developed by AstraZeneca, use harmless modified viruses as vehicles, or vectors, to carry genetic information (REUTERS)

Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against COVID mutations

  • Results of the trial are expected to be published soon, but this was the first indication of how the tests are going
  • Some scientists have raised the possible risk that the body also develops immunity to the vector itself, recognising it as an intruder and trying to destroy it

Health workers check temperature of a woman during a free COVID-19 screening at a residential building in Dharavi (PTI)
Health workers check temperature of a woman during a free COVID-19 screening at a residential building in Dharavi (PTI)

Dharavi reports 16 coronavirus cases, highest spike in 4 months

Earlier, on October 23 last year, Dharavi had reported 18 new cases and since then, barring a few days, the number of new cases had been in single digit

Photo: Reuters
Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and pediatric bone cancer survivor, who has been chosen for historic Inspiration4 all-civilian mission to Space (Photo: Reuters)
Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and pediatric bone cancer survivor, who has been chosen for historic Inspiration4 all-civilian mission to Space (Photo: Reuters)

As a child, she beat bone cancer. Now she's headed into space

As a crew member on SpaceX's Inspiration4, the world's first all-commercial astronaut mission to Earth's orbit, Arceneaux hopes that as the first person to go into space with a prosthesis, she can inspire others

Studies have so far explored the benefits of vitamins D and C and minerals like zinc and magnesium in fortifying immune response against COVID-19 (Photo: AP)
Studies have so far explored the benefits of vitamins D and C and minerals like zinc and magnesium in fortifying immune response against COVID-19 (Photo: AP)

Study finds vitamin B6 may help keep Covid-19's cytokine storms at bay

A recent study led by food scientist Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee can be the first step in showing vitamin B6's potential in lowering the odds of patients becoming seriously ill with the coronavirus

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19. (AP)
This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19. (AP)

People with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies may have low risk of future infection: Study

  • The findings could have important public health implications, including decisions about returning to physical workplaces and schools, and prioritization of vaccine distribution

New study uncovers new details of SARS-CoV-2 interactions with human cells (AP)
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FILE PHOTO: Vials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, a recombinant adenovirus vaccine named Ad5-nCoV, co-developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc and a team led by Chinese military infectious disease expert, are pictured in Wuhan, Hubei province, China March 24, 2020.  China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Vials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, a recombinant adenovirus vaccine named Ad5-nCoV, co-developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc and a team led by Chinese military infectious disease expert, are pictured in Wuhan, Hubei province, China March 24, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo (REUTERS)

China approves two COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm's affiliate, CanSino

  • The two vaccines are made by CanSino Biologics Inc and Sinopharm's affiliate Wuhan Institute of Biological Product

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ISRO also confirmed that the launch rehearsal of PSLV-C51 was completed today. (Photo: AP)
ISRO also confirmed that the launch rehearsal of PSLV-C51 was completed today. (Photo: AP)

Isro to launch Amazonia-1, 18 co-passenger satellites onboard PSLV-C51 on Feb 28

PSLV-C51, which is the 53rd mission of PSLV, will launch Amazonia-1 of Brazil as primary satellite and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1024 Hrs IST on February 28, 2021, subject to weather conditions, ISRO said

Workers in protective suits disinfect a vehicle at a checkpoint on a road leading to a farm owned by Hebei Dawu Group where African swine fever was detected, in Xushui district of Baoding (Photo: Reuters)
Workers in protective suits disinfect a vehicle at a checkpoint on a road leading to a farm owned by Hebei Dawu Group where African swine fever was detected, in Xushui district of Baoding (Photo: Reuters)

Variants of African swine fever virus found in China

New variants of the African swine fever virus circulating in China appear to cause a milder form of the disease, making it less deadly but harder to detect and to get under control

The study also suggests the vaccine, developed by U.S drugmaker Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech, is effective against the coronavirus variant first identified in the UK (REUTERS)
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