Bharat Biotech has been submitting data to WHO on a rolling basis (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI02_03_2021_000180B)

  • WHO approval is an important step in Covaxin being accepted by foreign governments
  • Bharat Biotech had submitted EOI to the WHO on April 19
  • WHO officials will meet on October 26 to consider the EUL

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dr Anthony Fauci is USA's top infectious diseases expert. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Fauci is the Chief Medical Advisor to the President and director of NIAID
  • FDA vaccine advisory pannel gave unanimous approval for Johnson & Johnson booster shots
  • People aged 18 and above who received J&J vaccine have been recommended to get a booster 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving. (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Kyrie Andrew Irving plays for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA as the point guard
  • In his early days he played for Duke University before being drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers
  • His Nike shoes are amongst the most popular basketball shoes of the company

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Fully vaccinated players can travel to red list countries in the international break. (Photo credits: Unsplash)

  • Players returning from red list countries will be allowed to train and play upon returning
  • The international break will be held from October 4 until October 15
  • Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp was not happy with the decision

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden will be finalizing an executive order (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The President is scheduled to give a speech on Thursday afternoon.
  • Vaccination will be made compulsory for government officers.
  • The decision comes after a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 was first detected in India. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • Delta family is now 13 variants strong
  • One of these sub-lineages, AY.12 is has all characteristic Delta mutations except one
  • The concerning spike in cases in Israel is despite nearly 60% of its adults being fully vaccinated

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Rich nations are hogging the vaccine says WTO (Photo Credits: Unsplash)

  • Vaccine boosters are expected to roll out soon, as per experts
  • Those are expected to be reccomended eight months after the second dose. 
  • Elderly will receive the boosters first

.Delhi, India
Vaccine cocktails are being studied (Representational/ Unsplash)

  • An ICMR study found covaxin and covishiel vaccine cocktail safe
  • A mistake resulted in the study
  • Mix-and-match regimens are likely to work according to WHO

.London, UK
Britain's chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallence (Photo credit: Twitter/@uksciencechief)

  • Britain's chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallence said on Tuesday that 60% of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated
  • He corrected an earlier statement where he mistakenly said that 60% hospital admissions were double vaccinated
  • Britain has lifted all pandemic curbs from Monday, July 19

.United States
Dozens of countries were added to the CDC's lowest category of Covid-19 travel risk. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • Public health officials have issued new travel advice for more than 120 countries
  • International travel guidance was updated on Monday by CDC
  • Threat levels by the CDC are determined by the number of COVID-19 cases in a given country