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News18 Daybreak | 35 Lakh Doses of J&J's Single-Shot Vaccine Land at Kasauli Govt Lab for Final Testing; Covid Positivity Rate in Mizoram Shoots Past Kerala

Sep 15, 2021 09:55 AM IST Daybreak

35 Lakh Doses of J&J’s Single-Shot Covid Jab Land at Kasauli Govt Lab for Final Testing

US Pharma giant Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine against coronavirus has been dispatched for the final round of quality and safety checks at the country’s apex vaccine testing laboratory in Himachal Pradesh, has learnt. Around 35 lakh doses of the vaccine — which have been manufactured in India by Hyderabad-based vaccine maker, Biological E — have been sent in the first batch, according to an official from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare privy to the development. “It will take around two to three weeks for testing at CDL (Central Drugs Laboratory),” added the official.

Punjab AAP Not Remote-Controlled by Delhi, Says Harpal Cheema, Clears Air on CM Face Amid Murmurs of Dissent

In 2017, they had a strong start on their debut run but faltered at the finishing line. In the last four-and-a-half years, the AAP has witnessed some turbulent times, grappling with factionalism and absence of a strong local leadership. But as the 2022 assembly elections close in, the party feels it has a strong chance yet again to dislodge the incumbent party. News18 caught up with Leader of Opposition and senior AAP leader Harpal Cheema on how Punjab AAP can shed the image of a Delhi-controlled unit and why there are delays in announcing a CM face.

After Weeks of Border Unrest, Mizoram Now Fighting High Positivity Rate, Speeds Past Kerala

Mizoram reported the highest positivity rate in the county at 16.4%, more than one percentage point higher than Kerala. Mizoram registered its highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-19 cases on Tuesday as 1,502 more people, including 300 children, tested positive for the infection, pushing the state’s tally to 72,883, a health official said. The north-eastern state’s coronavirus death toll rose to 244 as six more people succumbed to the infection, he said. However, the daily test positivity rate dipped to 16.39 per cent from 31 per cent on the previous day as 9,165 samples were tested for the infection. Aizawl district registered the highest number of fresh cases at 879, followed by Champhai (144) and Siaha (101), he said.

Worried About ‘Out of Control’ Trump, US General Secretly Called China; Feared Ex-Prez Could Spark War

The top US general was so worried in early January that Donald Trump was out of control that he took secret action to prevent the outgoing president from sparking a war with China, according to a new book. Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley ordered aides to not act immediately on any move by Trump to use US nuclear forces, and he called a Chinese general to reassure Beijing, presidential chronicler Bob Woodward and co-author Robert Costa wrote in their soon-to-be-released book. The Washington Post — Woodward’s and Costa’s employer — and other media on Tuesday reported excerpts from the book “Peril,” depicting Milley as organizing the Pentagon and intelligence community to resist any move by Trump to ratchet up tensions with China or Iran after he lost the November 2020 presidential election.

Pak ISI-Linked Nationwide Terror Module Busted; Navaratri, Ram Leela Gatherings Were Target

Delhi Police Special Cell on Tuesday said they, along with Uttar Pradesh ATS, have busted a Pakistan-organised terror module and arrested six people including two terrorists who were trained in Pakistan. The police further said underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anis was part of the team and funding was being done through Hawala network. Those arrested have been identified as – Jaan Mohammad Shaikh (47) from Maharashtra, Osama (22) from Delhi, Moolchand (47) from Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareilly, Zeeshan Qamar (28) from Allahabad, Mohd Abu Bakar (23) from Behraich and Mohd Amir Javed (31) from Lucknow.

As Covid Cases Ebb in Mumbai, Dengue Surges, EG Wards Report Most Cases

As Covid-19 Infections ebb across Mumbai, now dengue cases are spiralling not only in the financial capital but across Maharashtra. Several hospitals in Mumbai have registered more dengue and malaria admissions than Covid in the past month. On Tuesday, BMC confirmed 85 cases in September so far and the numbers don’t include suspected hospitalisation or cases that don’t have a lab-confirmed diagnosis. A Times of India report stated that from a dozen dengue cases in June, it rose to 28 in July and 144 in August, and no deaths have been reported till now. Reportedly, since January, 305 dengue cases have been recorded in the city. In all of 2020, 129 cases were reported, and in 2019, total 920 cases.

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