Coronavirus vaccine: Oxford trials results by Nov-Dec; another Indian firm joins race

Coronavirus vaccine: Oxford trials results by Nov-Dec; another Indian firm joins race
COVID-19 vaccine update: Oxford trial results could be out by Nov-Dec

With experts stating that life can only get back to normal once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, citizens from across the world are waiting with bated breath. All eyes are on the top contenders but even the ones leading the race have faced their fair share of challenges. After the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trial, Johnson and Johnson had to halt their vaccine trial after a participant fell in. However, as for all the trials being carried out in India, there has been no reports of any participant falling sick. Meanwhile, another company in India has joined the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is also optimistic of more than one vaccine in India. “We’re expecting that early next year we should have vaccines in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccine in the country,” he said during a meeting with the Group of Ministers.

It must also be kept in mind that the number of doses is a key factor in vaccination. The fewer the number of doses, the faster the inoculation process would wrap up. India so far has only two-dose and three-dose vaccines. Oxford vaccine and Bharat Biotech’s candidate are two-dose vaccines, while Zydus Cadila’s is three-dose.

EPYGEN BIOTECH: Biopharma company with operations in Mumbai and Dubai is planning to launch a potential affordable coronavirus vaccine with an aim to roll out 500 million doses within six months. Epygen Biotech has tied up with US-based biotech firm Dyadic for the vaccine. The company helmed by CEO Debayan Ghosh has a capacity of producing around 20-40 million doses a month at present. Epygen is the latest company to join the likes of Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila and Serum Institute of India to join the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

OXFORD-ASTRAZENECA: The leading contender for vaccine could release the results of the trials conducted in India by November-end of early-December. In case that happens, the Oxford vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute would be available sooner than expected. Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul said that the vaccine candidates are progressing well in clinical trials.

Both Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila are in the advanced Phase 2 trials. Their results are expected early November after which strategy for the next stage would be decided.

BHARAT BIOTECH: The company that is in the process of testing its coronavirus vaccine candidate Covaxin has sought approval from the drug regulator to proceed to Phase 3 of clinical trials. It has also written to states seeking permission for initiation of the third phase of clinical trials. Bharat Biotech has been asked to submit complete safety and immunogenicity data of the ongoing Phase-2 trial, apart from some clarifications, before proceeding for the next stage. The Covaxin trial would cover 28,500 subjects aged 18 years and above across 19 sites — including Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Lucknow — in 10 states.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON: The company had to temporarily halt its COVID-19 vaccine trials because one of its participants fell sick. “We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the  Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant,” said Johnson & Johnson in a statement. The enrolment system has been closed for now and an independent committee to assess patient safety has convened. The J&J Phase 3 trial had started recruiting participants in late September, with a goal of enrolling up to 60,000 volunteers across more than 200 sites in the US and around the world.

Jealous Husband Cuts Off His Wife’s Head And Carries It To Police Station. See Why

Kinnar Yadav, a jealous husband has shocked people after allegedly killing his wife in a very horrific way.

The man is said to have cut his wife’s head off just because he caught her talking to their neighbour.

Kinnar Yadav, 40, had long suspected his wife Vimla, 35, of being unfaithful to him, according to reports.

Other residents of Baberu, located in Banda region in India’s Uttar Pradesh, reportedly told him she was having an affair with Ravikant Yadav who lives in a house near the couple.

On Friday morning Kinnar took a walk and returned home to find Vimla chatting with Rakivant.

Local police say he was looking to buy a buffalo and Vimla had been giving him tips.

Seeing the two of them together angered Kinnar so much that he grabbed an axe and attacked the other man, injuring him before he fled the scene.

He then turned his attention to his wife, killing her and severing her head from her body. The couple’s two sons, Bhagat and Prahlad, weren’t home at the time.

Officers say Kinnar took the head and walked almost 3km to the closest police station to turn himself in.

He reportedly stood inside the station holding the head for more than 15 minutes before senior police officers were alerted to his alarming presence.

Footage of the man brandishing his wife’s head was published on social media, where authorities say it went viral.

Banda’s assistant superintendent of police Mahendra P Chauhan told local media: “The incident happened in Baberu town.“Kinnar reached the police station around 8:30 am with the severed head.

“He also attacked the neighbour, Ravikant Yadav, who is under treatment at a hospital. His condition is stable.”

He added: “Kinnar told us that he wanted to kill Ravikant but ended up killing his wife in a fit of rage.”

The suspect was arrested under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

A case was registered at Baberu police station under relevant IPC sections and Kinnar will appear in a local court soon, a police officer said.

Source: Daily Star UK

Married man nabbed on vacation with side chic after lying he contracted COVID-19

A married Indian man recently became international headline material for making his family believe he got infected with coronavirus as an excuse to run away with his lover.

Manish Mishra, on July 24, 2020, told his wife via phone that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he didn’t want to live anymore. After which he switched off his phone, which caused his family to panic.

His wife then sought help from her brother after receiving the bizarre call, and he advised her to file a missing persons report with the Navi Mumbai police.

Investigations however revealed that the 28-year-old supervisor had actually used the virus as a pretext to leave his family and elope with his mistress.

My coronavirus test report has come out to be positive, I can’t live anymore,” a weeping Manish reportedly told his wife during his last phone call, but police checked all the labs near his last known location, and none had tested anyone by the name Manish Mishra.

They then checked in with the logistics company where he worked and learned that he had recently been fired over his alleged involvement in attempted fraud.

But, after talking to some of his friends, it was gathered that he had been having an affair.

“We sent a team to his last known location, where we got his motorcycle and key, his backpack that he carried to work, and his helmet,” a police officer told Indian Express.

“A team tracked its owner to Ratnagiri. Meanwhile, we were also constantly questioning his friends and family. We came to know that he was having an extramarital affair. With the help of information provided by friends, we tracked him in Bhawarkua, Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

“Mishra was fired from work as he had indulged in a financial fraud recently. He had been having an affair for a couple of years and wanted to get rid of his wife and daughter. Which is why he plotted his illness and suicide,” Dhumal added.

Police finally tracked down Mishra to the city of Indore, where he was reportedly living with his lover.

On September 15, he was picked up and taken back to Navi Mumbai, to reunite with his family.

WICKED WORLD! Over 100 People Beat Muslim To Death Because His Family Was Eating Cow

Mohammad Akhlaq was claimed to have been dragged from his home in the north Indian village of Bisara and beaten with sticks and bricks.

The 52-year-old was declared dead at a nearby hospital.

His 22-year-old son was also allegedly attacked and is being treated for serious injuries.

Beef is a taboo for many among India’s majority Hindu population.

The killing of the animal is banned in most of India’s states.

District Magistrate Nagendra Pratap Singh said a mob of about 60 Hindus became incenses when a temple announced the family had been slaughtering cows and storing the beef in his house.

Family members of Mohammad Akhlaq

Police have arrested eight people in connection with the incident.

A police officer said they spotted a crowd outside the family home and managed to rescue Mr Singh but he could not be saved.

Senior police superintendent Kiran S said a mob of around 100 people targeted the family home after the announcement at the temple.

Mr Akhlaq’s daughter Sajida said the family had mutton in the fridge and not beef, according to the Indian Express.

Due to the multiple benefits from cattle, there are varying beliefs about cattle in societies and religions.

In some regions, especially Nepal and most states of India, the slaughter of cattle is prohibited and their meat may be taboo.


Cattle are considered sacred in world religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and others. Cattle played other major roles in many religions, including those of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Israel, ancient Rome, and ancient Germany.

American academic Wendy Doniger correctly argues that Hindus “do not always treat cows with respect or kindness; cows are sometimes beaten and frequently half starved”.

India’s most revered leader Mahatma Gandhi may also have been responsible for the Hindu veneration of the cow. He once said that the “central fact of Hinduism is cow protection”, and spoke about the “idea of penance and self-sacrifice for the martyred innocence” it embodied.

Conflicts over cow slaughter often sparked religious riots that led to the killing of more than 100 people in 1893 alone. In 1966, at least eight people died in riots outside the parliament in Delhi while demanding a national ban on cow slaughter. And in 1979, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, considered by many as a spiritual heir of Mahatma Gandhi, went on a hunger strike to ban cow slaughter.

One of the reasons Indians love cows so much, writes historian Mukul Kesavan, is that ‘for Hindus the desi cow is a beautiful thing”.

“Its large eyes, its calm, its matte skin tinted in a muted palette that runs from off-white to grey through beige and brown, its painterly silhouette with its signature hump, make it the most evolved of animals,” he says.

It is also a sacred animal for the majority Hindu community, and they amble unmolested in traffic-choked streets. The animal is worshipped and decorated during festivals; holy men take around cows, with their foreheads smeared in vermillion, to seek alms.

There is even a journal called Indian Cow; and a Love 4 Cow Trust to “propagate and promote love” for cows. A right-wing Hindu organisation has actually launched cosmetics using cow urine and dung.

The cud-chewing, sedentary bovine also provides fodder for humour.

A hugely popular – and possibly apocryphal – story relates to an essay on the animal by a civil service aspirant. “The cow is a successful animal,” it began. “Also he is quadruped, and because he is female, he give milk, but will do so when he is got child.

He is same like God, sacred to Hindus and useful to man. But he has got four legs together. Two are forward and two are afterwards.”