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Another phase of COVID-19 vaccination begins in Kanpur; 1000 volunteers to get 2nd dose of Covaxin

India's very own, Covaxin, is being administered to 1,000 volunteers in Kanpur.

India's very own indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin has completed another trial phase in Kanpur. The trial included administering the vaccine to 1,000 volunteers across the city from different walks of life. This phase of the trail was completed on December 21 at Prakhar Hospital in Kanpur.

The first dose of indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine, Covaxin, has been successfully administered to 1,000 volunteers, as part of phase III trial at Kanpur's Prakhar Hospital. Now, for the next phase of the Covaxin vaccine trial, the same 1,000 volunteers will be administered with the vaccine before January 03, 2021. Dr JS Kushwaha, the principal investigator at Prakhar hospital, said that the first dose of Covaxin was administered successfully to all the volunteers and there was no report of any reaction or health issue faced by them.

The next phase of Covaxin trials in Kanpur is on

To successfully administer the vaccine to the 1,000 volunteers, it took the hospital and the staff a total of 17 days. The volunteers were observed before and after the vaccine was given to them, so as to properly gauge the impact of the vaccine on the human body. Now, the next phase of the trial is set to begin soon and the volunteers have so far have not shown any negative or side effects.

Here's what you need to know about Covaxin

Covaxin vaccine has been created by India's very own Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). As of now, hospitals are awaiting emergency approval for the usage of the vaccine from the Drug Controller General of India.

According to research on primates, Covaxin, the vaccine doesn't just fight off the COVID virus, it makes immune systems stronger, which can then fight off many diseases, the primary one being the SARS CoV-2 strain of the virus.

Interestingly, the Covaxin trials aren't the only vaccination trials going on in Kanpur. Earlier this month, a total of 13 volunteers were given the Sputnik V- a Russian grown vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

Keeping in mind the upsurge of festive passenger load, Indian Railways has announced the launch of several special trains from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reportedly, the festive fleet will map through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat too, easing travel for the locals here as well. Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

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Pedal for Patrol: Police to launch new beat cycle patrolling in Indore

Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas.

In a bid to augment civic safety in Indore, a police team and city security committee members will soon launch cycle patrolling. The new surveillance force will work on a beat-wise format to monitor even the narrow and isolated areas of the district. Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas, read reports.

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Campaign launched in Goa to conduct free breast cancer screening for 1 lakh women

The breast cancer screening will be organised at 35 Health Centres across the state

The YouWeCan Foundation by former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has launched a free breast cancer screening campaign for one lakh women in Goa, in partnership with the state government and SBI Foundation. Known as 'Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa', this campaign was launched at the Goa Medical College and Hospital today. Through this drive, the administration aims to screen at least 50% of the age-eligible female population of the state.

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Internet services suspended in parts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur!

The restriction has been imposed to prevent malpractice in the RPSC RAS Preliminary exam, scheduled for today.

On account of the RPSC RAS Preliminary exams scheduled today, the Rajasthan Government has suspended mobile internet, bulk SMS and social media services in certain parts of the state. These services will remain suspended from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Jaipur Commissonerate Area. Apart from Jaipur, the restrictions will also be active in the Ajmer, Bhilwara and Nagaur districts from 6 AM to 1:30 PM, and in Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur districts from 8 AM to 1 PM.

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