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Plastic packets of ampoules containing the two components of the 'Gam-COVID-Vac' COVID-19 vaccine, trade name Sputnik V, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) | Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

Russia’s RDIF in talks with 3 Indian pharmas for Sputnik vaccine, govt to help in case of deal

The Russian Direct Investment Fund is talking to Zydus Cadilla, Wockhardt and Reliance Lifesciences for manufacturing and trials of Sputnik V in India.
Representational image of children with healthcare workers at a Covid care centre | Photo: ANI

No difference in hospitalisation, ICU admission rates among kids with Covid & flu — US study

US study published in JAMA says there may be additional complications in Covid-19 management in flu season, recommends influenza vaccination.
Lab technicians produce Covid-19 diagnostic kits in a laboratory in Faridabad

Scientists flag gaps in Lancet study that claimed success of Russian Covid vaccine Sputnik V

Originally written by Enrico Bucci, a biochemistry and microbiology expert at Temple University, US, Monday, the letter has since received the backing of at least 23 other scientists.
A Covid-19 testing camp in Patna | Representational image: ANI

Kerala’s Covid transmission rate increases to 1.09, UP among states with low positivity

States Tracker — a daily comprehensive look at how much each state is testing for Covid-19, and how fast and wide the infection is spreading.

89,706 fresh cases with 60% only from 5 states, Punjab records highest mortality rate at 2.95%

ThePrint’s daily Covid tracker that brings you the numbers that matter — from total cases, tests done and recoveries to positivity rate and deaths.
A medic collects swab sample of a woman for the Covid-19 test at a free coronavirus testing centre, in Bengaluru, on 19 August 2020 | Shailendra Bhojak | PTI

Vitamin D supplement calcifediol could reduce death risk in Covid patients, Spanish study says

While researchers of the Spanish study claim that Calcifediol can reduce severe risk of infection and death in Covid patients with pulmonary symptoms, experts are not so convinced.
Officials take precautions at the Bilaspur railway station in Chhattisgarh | Photo: Prithviraj Singh | ThePrint

With 300% rise in cases, Chhattisgarh hurtles into Covid-19 top 10 in under a month

In just 30 days, Chhattisgarh, which was in 21st place on 10 August, has recorded alarming numbers, with active cases increasing by 694% and deaths by 311%.
A weighing scale | Representational image | Pixabay

Weight gain is new problem of poor in rich nations as Covid puts healthy diet out of reach

Unhealthy diets are poised to worsen the obesity problem all over the world, contributing to a 'global pandemic in its own right', the UN's Food & Agriculture Organization said. 
A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Plasma therapy ineffective in reducing Covid-19 mortality, ICMR study says

The PLACID study by ICMR, involving 464 participants in 39 hospitals, is the first and the largest randomised control trial on Covid-19 to be completed in the world.
Representational Image | Students wearing masks in a classroom | Photo: Abhishek Saha/ANI

Shorter classes, fewer students, no public transport — what going back to school will be like

The Centre has allowed schools to reopen campuses after 21 September under Unlock 4. Some schools have come up with strategies while others are waiting for state guidelines.

On Camera

Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
The Reserve Bank of India | File photo: Bloomberg

Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

Defence

Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.