There are promising signs in the race to come up with a COVID-19 vaccine and to understand if humans can be immune after recovering from infection.
Two studies published on Wednesday offered the first scientific evidence that reinfection may not be possible.
In one study, monkeys who were infected by researchers with the novel coronavirus and recovered did not get sick again once exposed to the virus.
In the second study, 25 monkeys were given prototype vaccines and 10 other animals were not; after both groups were exposed to a coronavirus related to SARS, all of the animals not vaccinated came down with the virus, while the vaccinated monkeys saw some measure of protection.
In fact, 8 of the 25 monkeys were totally protected.
While both results were promising and suggest the search for a vaccine is on the right track, scientists caution that they still don't prove humans can develop immunity and if they do - how long it lasts.
There are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19 and experts predict a safe and effective vaccine could take up to 18 months to develop.
But there is a race to shorten that window.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, a U.S.-based immunotherapy company, announced Wednesday its experimental treatment produced protective antibodies and immune system responses in mice and guinea pigs.
Its vaccine builds on a potential treatment Inovio was already working on for a different, but related coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Both treatments are made using newer technology that focuses on specific genes.
Trials on 40 humans began in April and preliminary results are expected next month.
A Delhi couple was caught visiting Dharamshala by producing fake COVID-19 negative certificates. While speaking to ANI in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamshala on July 09, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kangra, Vimukt Ranjan said, "We have sent them to institutional quarantine center, they will be tested today. Case has been registered against them. Action will be taken according to their report." "They had first produced antibody test report which said it is not comprehensive COVID-19 negative test. So we denied them entry. Yesterday (July 08), they returned with RT-PCR report on Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital's letter-head. We cross-verified it with RML and got to know it is fake, not issued by RML," Kangra SP added.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on July 09, the Secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC), Professor Rajnish Jain spoke on importance of fresh guidelines for academic calendar and examinations. He said, "Conducting final year examinations for graduation or post-graduation courses is very important, and the safety of students is our prime concern."
In media brief held on July 09, OSD of Ministry of Health, Rajesh Bhushan said that despite a population of 1.3 billion people, India has been able to manage COVID-19 relatively well. Bhushan said, "We are the second-most populous country of the world. Despite a population of 1.3 billion people, India has been able to manage COVID-19 relatively well. If you look at cases per million population it still remains amongst lowest in the world. Today, we have 538 cases per million population, it's as per WHO situation report. Case per million population in some countries are at least 16-17 times more than what it is in India. We have 15 deaths per million population whereas we have countries where it is 40 times as much." He further said, "When we talk of case load of COVID-19 in India, it is 2,69,000 people. This tells us that at the end of the day we have managed a situation where our health care infrastructure is not unduly burdened and is not creaking due to the pressure."
The official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava informed that 15th meeting of India-EU summit will be held in virtual mode on 15 July. Anurag Srivastava said, "The 15th meeting of India-EU summit will be held in virtual mode on 15 July. It will be co-chaired by Prime Minister, President of European Council and President of European Commission. The summit will review India-EU cooperation, also expected to discuss developments around COVID."
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