Lucknow & Mumbai among several other cities gets India's first COVID vaccine for Phase 3 trial

Covaxin has been tested in 12 hospitals across India, in cities such as Hyderabad, Delhi, Goa, Lucknow and more.

Covaxin, which is India's own vaccine for the deadly coronavirus is now entering its third phase of testing. As part of this, the vaccine will be supplied in cities such as Lucknow, Mumbai, Delhi, Patna and 10 other Indian cities. All over the world, there are more than 150 vaccines being tested.

The COVID pandemic has pushed researchers to come up with vaccines as quickly as possible. In that light, the Covaxin will be supplied to over 28,000 volunteers in India above the age of 18 years.

A home grown vaccine to ward off a global pandemic

Covaxin is a vaccine that has been created by India's very own Bharat Biotech, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). As of now, the second phase of testing of the vaccine is on it's last leg and preparations for the third phase of the vaccine are underway.

As per the first two phases of the 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. These results were noted in primates, animals which are closest to humans in terms of DNA.

Phase III of the trail will give insightful results

Covaxin has been tested in 12 hospitals across India, in cities such as Hyderabad, Delhi, Goa, Lucknow and more. As part of the third phase, the vaccine will be supplied to hospitals in Mumbai, Patna and several more cities across the country. In existing areas, where the vaccine is already present, supply will be increased to get more concrete results.

For phase III trial, the drugmaker plans to enrol 28,500 volunteers aged 18 years and above. The trial will be conducted across 10 states including Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Lucknow. The phase III clinical trial application proposed a dose of 0.5 ml on day 0 and 28, as per PTI.

How does the vaccine work?

Covaxin has been derived from a strain of the novel coronavirus isolated by the National Institute of Virology in Pune. Bharat Biotech developed an "inactivated" vaccine at its high-containment facility at Genome Valley in Hyderabad. Once injected, it builds immunity against the virus within the body.

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Villagers near Jaipur city to soon benefit from government schemes, sitting at home

Notably, Rajsamand is the only district where the scheme is being implemented first.

The 'DigiGaon' scheme under the umbrella of the Digital India campaign, is expanding its services in all Gram Panchayats of the Rajsamand district and soon, the public can avail its benefits. With the introduction of the Common Service Centres (CSC), villagers will be able to reap benefits of the government schemes, right at home soon and in a transparent manner to maintain credibility. This is an initiative undertaken by the Union Government towards a digital revolution in rural areas and it will save time and money of the commoners, who now don't need to leave their villages to travel to the city.

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John Abraham & Divya Khosla in Lucknow for Satyameva Jayate 2, till January 2021

The action scenes are slated be shot on the streets of Lucknow.

Over the recent times, Lucknow has become a major shooting site for many Bollywood directors and a lot of big budget films have been shot in the City of Nawabs including, Jolly LLB 2, Bullet Raaja, Ishaqzaade, Bala and so on. So making its way to the list of Bollywood biggies which have been filmed in Lucknow, the shoot for Satyameva Jayate 2 has commenced in the city. Wednesday onwards, Lucknow will be hosting the cast and crew of John Abraham and Divya Khosla Kumar starrer Satyameva Jayate 2 and the team will continue its operations till January 2021.

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The country's first sand dune parks to be in Goa; 3 crores sanctioned by the World Bank

Morjim and Galibaga beaches are among the ones, who'd be getting this sand dune feature.

The coastal sand dune ecosystem in Goa, which has been long-neglected, is now in for a solid revamp. Approximately 3 crores have been sanctioned to the state by the World Bank, after the body approved a proposal drafted by the Goa state biodiversity board. Under this programme, Goa will soon be a home to India's first sand dune parks and interpretation centres, along a few stretches. The National Green Tribunal also directed PWD, Goa and other concerned authorities to take immediate remedial measures for the restoration and regeneration of the sand dune ecosystem.

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The Port Trust of Mumbai(MbPT) is all set to launch water-taxis from next month in the city. Starting from the domestic cruise terminal(DCT) at Princess Dock, the services will effectively cut down at least an hour of travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

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