.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Pfizer vaccine is less effective against Delta variant, a Lancet study has said, (Photo Credit : PTI)

  • A new Lancet study has said that Pfizer's vaccine is less effective against the Delta variant of Covid
  • The immune response is even lower in individuals who have only obtained one dosage
  • A prolonged gap between dosages might dramatically lower antibodies, data suggests

.Tokyo, Japan
An ignition ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic torch relay held at Heiwadai Athletic Stadium in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Japan plans to vaccinate its Olympic athletes before the Tokyo Game
  • Around 2,500 people, including athletes and coaches, would be vaccinated
  • Polls show public dissatisfaction with the rollout, and the government has pledged to speed up the programme

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his wished to Imran Khan. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Imran Khan has tested positive for the COVID-19 
  • He is self-isolating at home
  • His wife also tested positive for COVID-19

.Lisbon, Portugal
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had been widely expected to win another term and got 61.6% of the vote. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won on Sunday 
  • In his victory speech, he pledged to make the fight against coronavirus his "first priority"
  • Socialist challenger Ana Gomes came in second with 12.24% of the votes

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A volunteer wears a dress themed on coronavirus during a demonstration at Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)

  • The death toll increased to 1,49,435
  • The COVID-19 active caseload stands at 2,47,220
  • The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 99,27,310

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The first case of coronavirus infection in the country was recorded on January 30 in Kerala. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The Centre on March 30 launched Rs 50-lakh insurance cover for health workers fighting COVID-19
  • India has so far tested over 17 crore samples for COVID-19 in its over 1,200 government and 1,080 private laboratories
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers and to people above 50 years of age

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
(L to R) H. Deniz Ersoz, Culture & Tourism Counsellor, Mukesh Gupta, Chairman, Media, and Entertainment Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Prakash

  • The vaccine will come soon but antibodies will take time to develop, the I&B minister said
  • He added that India' response to the pandemic was appropriate and well-thought out
  • Javadekar also mooted the idea of a festival of slogans coined during the pandemic