Maharashtra reports 31,111 Covid cases; Mumbai records 5,956 infections, recovery rate at 93%

In the last 24 hours, India has logged 2,58,089 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. Global scientists have warned that Omicron will not be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world. The center has told the Supreme Court that the COVID-19 vaccination guidelines issued by the Union Department of Health do not provide for compulsory vaccination without obtaining an individual’s consent.

After a successful vaccination campaign for 15-17 year olds, the Covid vaccination program for the 12-14 age group is scheduled to start at the end of February, said Dr. NK Arora, Chair of the National Technical’s Covid-19 Working Group Das announced the Advisory Group on Vaccination. Pune-based company Gennova has laboratory-developed the mRNA vaccine for the fast-spreading Omicron variant, which will soon be tested for efficacy and immunogenicity for human use, sources said die Times of India (TOI).

Reportedly, India could soon have its first messenger or mRNA vaccine as Gennova Biopharmaceuticals’ Phase 3 clinical trials are nearing completion. The company recently submitted Phase 2 study data from over 3,000 subjects of its two-dose mRNA vaccine developed on the Delta variant and is nearing the completion of Phase 3 studies, sources told TOI.

A total of 3.31 million children in the 15-17 age group have already received their first dose, equivalent to nearly 45% coverage, just 13 days after the ride began on January 3 this year.

“We aim to cover all 7.4 million adolescents in the 15-17 age group with the first dose by the end of January so that we can vaccinate them with the second dose from early February and complete the second dose by the end of February. We want to start vaccinating children between the ages of 12 and 14 from late February or early March,” said Dr. Arora versus TOI.

Meanwhile, the UK government is reportedly planning to end mandatory COVID-19 testing upon arrival in the country for fully vaccinated travellers, including those from India, as part of preparations for living with the coronavirus in the future.

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