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New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): The Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Biological E is expected to launch its COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax by September end in India, said sources on Monday.

Sources told ANI that the company has started its phase 3 clinical trials.

Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax has been booked by the government before preclinical stage phase 3 studies.

In the latest written reply, Union Minister of State for Health, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar said that the Government of India has also provided financial assistance to domestic vaccine manufacturer Biological E which is currently in advance phase 3 clinical trials for 'at-risk manufacturing' of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Biological E is expected to apply for an Emergency use License (EUL) by August end and will be supplying 300 million doses to the Government of India by December 2021.

This comes a day after an expert panel has recommended the government to increase the vaccination and stick to non-pharmacological interventions, in a bid to curtail a possible third wave of COVID-19 as speculated by many health experts and COVID management bodies which might hit the country by September.

Speaking to ANI, one of the experts in the government-authorised panel suggested it has "recommended government to increase vaccination and stick to non-pharmacological interventions such as COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, wearing a mask, social distancing, and containment zone."

As per the panel's recommendations, the key is to strengthen health infrastructure and prepare adequately so that up to 4 lakh cases every day can be handled. In addition, routine services are also to be maintained, they said.

This will need 2 lakh additional ICU beds with 1 lakh ventilator beds. This will be in addition to vaccinations and Covid appropriate behavior," sources told ANI.

In order to tackle the COVID-19 situation and improve the health infrastructure of the country, the government has announced a Rs 23,000-crore COVID management package. States have already been directed to send their plans for building health infrastructure to the Union Health Ministry. Money will be given to the state immediately as per its plan.

Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 43.51 crores on Sunday. Cumulatively,43,51,96,001 vaccine doses have been administered through 52,95,458 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am today. 18,99,874 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry on Monday.

The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from June 21, June. (ANI)

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Three constables of the Railway Police Force (RPF) have arrested around 15 Rohingyas, who entered illegally, from the Badarpur Railway Station in the Karimganj district of Assam on Saturday. The RPF subsequently recovered about nine mobile phones, cash worth Rs 50,000 and three identity cards that were issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from this group. The Rohingyas had reached Badarpur from Siliguri and were staying at a local hotel over there.

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Tokyo [Japan], July 25 (ANI): The start of Day Two in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics was filled with disappointment for Indian fans but ace badminton player PV Sindhu gave India something to smile about before paddler Manika Batra and boxer Mary Kom put on top displays to give Indian fans reason to rejoice on Sunday.

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted searches at six locations of Tamil Nadu at the residence of Abdullah and his associates in connection with alleged incendiary Facebook posts.

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Panaji (Goa) [India], July 25 (ANI): Amid speculations of leadership change in Karnataka, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Sunday ruled out any crisis in the party's state unit and said Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has done a good job.

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): After wrestler Priya Malik won a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Hungary, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla congratulated the sportsperson and termed it as another elating moment after Mirabai Chanu bagged a silver in at the Tokyo Olympics in weightlifting.

Ramappa temple, a 13th century engineering marvel named after its architect, Ramappa, was proposed by the government as its only nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage site tag for the year 2019. In yet another landmark achievement, India’s nomination of Rudreswara Temple, a 13th century engineering marvel also known as the Ramappa Temple, at Palampet, Mulugu district, near Warangal in Telangana has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): AICC incharge Ajay Maken and AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal have reached Rajasthan to end the internal crisis and firm up decisions about cabinet expansion and appointments in boards and the party organisation.

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Tokyo [Japan], July 25 (ANI): India might not have put up a stellar show on Sunday but ace boxer Mary Kom and star table tennis player Manika Batra ensured that fans at least have something to celebrate in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

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